Riverview Cemetery (Trenton, New Jersey)

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Riverview Cemetery
Riverview Cemetery (Trenton, New Jersey) is located in the United States
Riverview Cemetery (Trenton, New Jersey)
Location of Riverview Cemetery
Riverview Cemetery (Trenton, New Jersey) is located in New Jersey
Riverview Cemetery (Trenton, New Jersey)
Riverview Cemetery (Trenton, New Jersey) (New Jersey)
Riverview Cemetery (Trenton, New Jersey) is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
Riverview Cemetery (Trenton, New Jersey)
Riverview Cemetery (Trenton, New Jersey) (Mercer County, New Jersey)
CountryUnited States
Coordinates40°11′42″N 74°45′14″W / 40.195°N 74.754°W / 40.195; -74.754Coordinates: 40°11′42″N 74°45′14″W / 40.195°N 74.754°W / 40.195; -74.754
Owned byCity of Trenton
No. of gravesup to 70,000[1]

Riverview Cemetery is a cemetery in the eastern United States, located in Trenton, New Jersey. A number of notables are interred there, including Civil War Union Army Major General and New Jersey Governor George B. McClellan, whose grave is marked by the tallest monument in the cemetery. His wife, Mary Ellen Marcy McClellan, is interred with him.


Riverview Cemetery dates back to a Quaker graveyard used in the 1670s overlooking the Delaware River.[2] The cemetery was established in 1699, and was incorporated in 1858 by an act passed by the New Jersey Legislature.[3][4] It still serves the community today as an active cemetery, with an office and full-time staff. It was expanded and formally landscaped in the 19th century, becoming the burial site of many prominent Trentonians of the era.[5]

The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

Notable interments[edit]

Other notables interred in Riverview are:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Riverview Cemetery". Historical Marker Project.
  2. ^ Walker, Edwin Robert (1929). A History of Trenton, 1679–1929: Two Hundred and Fifty Years of a Notable. Riverview Cemetery, or rather a small portion of it included in the present grounds, was originally a burying plot belonging to the ...
  3. ^ Sarapin, Janice Kohl (2002). Old Burial Grounds of New Jersey. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-2111-4.
  4. ^ "Riverview Cemetery". Retrieved 2007-08-26. Riverview Cemetery is perched above the Delaware River off Lamberton and Lalor Streets in Trenton, New Jersey. Originally established in 1699, it is a designated historical landmark. Incorporated in 1858, it continues to be an active cemetery with lots still available for purchase. Riverview was a popular final resting place for residents of Trenton and its surrounding suburbs, including Bucks County, just across the Delaware River.
  5. ^ "New Jersey: The Early Years - 2004 Annual Conference". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Retrieved 2007-08-26. Riverview Cemetery has its origins in a Quaker cemetery laid on the bluff above the Delaware in the late 1670s. Long before that, it was a prime settlement location for Native Americans. In the 19th century it was landscaped and greatly expanded and now contains the memorials of many prominent Trentonians and of George McClellan, Civil War general and Governor of New Jersey. The exciting and innovative historical interpretive program at the adjacent Route 29 Deck Park takes visitors through the history of Trenton using a variety of media.
  6. ^ John Taylor Bird, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 27, 2007.
  7. ^ John Hart Brewer, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 17, 2007.
  8. ^ a b James, George. "IN PERSON; He's Looked at Life From Both Sides Now", The New York Times, February 20, 2000. Accessed December 29, 2007.
  9. ^ a b Shea, Kevin (November 6, 2016). "Historic N.J. cemetery seeks place on national registry". NJ.com.
  10. ^ Spencer, Thomas E. (1998). Where they're buried : a directory containing more than twenty thousand names of notable persons buried in American cemeteries, with listings of many prominent people who were cremated. Clearfield Co. p. 361. ISBN 9780806348230.

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