First Shearith Israel Graveyard

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First Shearith Israel Graveyard
First Shearith Israel Graveyard is located in New York
First Shearith Israel Graveyard
Location 55-57 Saint James Place, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Coordinates 40°42′45″N 73°59′54″W / 40.71250°N 73.99833°W / 40.71250; -73.99833Coordinates: 40°42′45″N 73°59′54″W / 40.71250°N 73.99833°W / 40.71250; -73.99833
Area Less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1682 (1682)
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80002689[1]
Added to NRHP April 17, 1980

First Shearith Israel Graveyard — also known as Chatham Square Cemetery — is a tiny graveyard at 55-57 St James Place in Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is the oldest of three graveyards used by Congregation Shearith Israel, which is itself the oldest Jewish congregation in North America[2] It is the only remaining 17th century structure in Manhattan.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Dolkart, Andrew S. & Postal, Matthew A.; Guide to New York City Landmarks, 3rd Edition; New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2004. ISBN 0-471-36900-4; p.41.
  3. ^ White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot; AIA Guide to New York City, 4th Edition; New York Chapter, American Institute of Architects; Crown Publishers/Random House. 2000. ISBN 0-8129-3106-8; ISBN 0-8129-3107-6. p.80.