Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery
|Location||435 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, New Jersey
|Size||6 acres (24,000 m2)|
Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery is a historic cemetery located in Jersey City, New Jersey. It was established in 1829 by the first cemetery company founded in the State of New Jersey and is the size of 6 acres (24,000 m2). The cemetery is an early example of Garden Style landscape cemeteries. The cemetery fell into disrepair and was abandoned in 2008. A volunteer group has since been founded to maintain the cemetery.
Since 2011 goats are used for weed control during the summer.
In order to raise funds for the upkeep of the grounds and caretaker facilities, the all-volunteer organization has partnered with local groups to produce year round events. Events include:
- The Ghost of Uncle Joe - A music and theatrical event that occurs in October
- Shakespeare in the Park by the Hudson Shakespeare Company. The main Shakespeare company of Hudson County has the cemetery as one of its tour stops on its regular summer tours.
- Halloween tours
- Constitution Day - A yearly event that takes place at the end of September celebrating the different eras of veterans buried in the cemetery. Eras date from the Revolutionary War to World War II.
- Karnoutsos, Carmela. "Historic Jersey City Harsimus Cemetery". Jersey City Past and Present. New Jersey City University. Archived from the original on 2003-07-10.
- "Cemetery History". The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery. Archived from the original on June 1, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
- Charles Ferson Durant at Find a Grave