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Encyclopedia > Moravian Cemetery

The Moravian Cemetery at 2205 Richmond Road in New Dorp on Staten Island, New York is the largest cemetery on the island. Opened in 1740, it is situated on the southeastern foot of the Todt Hill ridge, and to its southwest is High Rock Park, one of the constituent parks of the Staten Island Greenbelt. In what was a purely farming community, the 113 acre (457,000 m) cemetery originally was made available as a free cemetery for the public in order to discourage families from using farm burial plots. The Moravian Cemetery is the burial place for a number famous Staten Islanders, including members of the Vanderbilt family.


In the 19th century Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt gave the Moravian Church 8 acres (34,000 m) and later his son William Henry Vanderbilt gifted a further 4 acres (16,000 m) and constructed the residence for the cemetery superintendent. The Vanderbilt mausoleum, designed by Richard Morris Hunt and constructed in 1885-86, is part of the family's private section within the cemetery. Their mausoleum is a replica of a Romanesque church in Arles, France. The landscaped grounds around the Vanderbilt mausoleum were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The Vanderbilt section is not open to the public. A few of the personalities interred here are:


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Moravian Cemetery - definition of Moravian Cemetery in Encyclopedia (259 words)
The Moravian Cemetery at 2205 Richmond Road in New Dorp on Staten Island, New York is the largest cemetery on the island.
The Moravian Cemetery is the burial place for a number famous Staten Islanders, including members of the Vanderbilt family.
In the 19th century Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt gave the Moravian Church 8½ acres (34,000 m²) and later his son William Henry Vanderbilt gifted a further 4 acres (16,000 m²) and constructed the residence for the cemetery superintendent.
West Salem Moravian Cemetery (305 words)
West Salem and the Moravian Cemetery stand as a tribute to the pioneer spirit of those Moravians from Salem, North Carolina who settled here in the 1840's.
The original section of the cemetery forms the shape of a cross, with stones laid flat and of the same size.
The old English section is east of the arch and the old German section is in the northwest corner of the cemetery.
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