9. Go Inside the Century Old Fresh Pond Columbarium

Explore inside one of America’s oldest crematory and columbariums in Middle Village, Queens. The U.S. Columbarium Company at Fresh Pond Crematory was built in 1884 and has expanded over the past 130+ years. The columbarium is the final resting place for 40,000 souls, including notable names like sports columnist Ring Lardner and conductor Anton Seidl.

On this tour, guests will be shown around by President J.P. DiTroia. You will see stunning Tiffany-style stained glass windows which the non-profit Friends of Fresh Pond organization is working to restore, the 1920s chapel, and thousands of niches spread throughout the many additions to the original building that have been added over the decades. If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can join us for a tour inside the historic columbarium on Saturday, November 2nd. Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long! A $10 donation to Friends of Fresh Pond is suggested to help with the stained glass window restoration and maintenance of the historic buildings.

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