Picnic on the landscaped grounds of New York Marble Cemetery, the oldest public non-sectarian cemetery in NYC!
- Meet the President of New York Marble Cemetery, Caroline DuBois, who will give a brief introduction to the site
Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch outside on the manicured grounds
Take a self-guided tour of the historic cemetery and its engraved marble walls
About this Event:
New York Marble Cemetery (not to be confused with New York City Marble Cemetery) is one of the oldest burial grounds in NYC. Established in 1831, the cemetery is unique because it has no individual headstones, instead, the family names of internments are displayed on engraved marble plaques that line the Cemetery’s north and south walls. The burial method of internments at New York Marble Cemetery is also unique. Instead of traditional Earth graves, which were outlawed due to Earth graves were outlawed due to fears of yellow fever, the residents of this cemetery rest in marble vaults, about the size of a small room, ten feet below ground. To access one of the 156 family vaults, a stone slab would be moved.
New York Marble Cemetery is only open to the public about one-time a month. On this rare visit, Insiders will hear about the history of the cemetery and current adaptive reuse as an event venue in a short introduction from cemetery president Caroline DuBois. You can then spend the rest of the afternoon in the cemetery as you choose, enjoying a picnic or using the printed materials provided for a self-guided tour around the grounds.
The New York Marble Cemetery garden is available to rent for weddings, corporate garden parties, graduations and movies to help pay for landscaping expenses.
Visitors will NOT be going down into the vaults.
- Please note this is not a guided tour. The grounds are open to the public on Sunday, May 30th from 12noon – 4pm. You are welcome to arrive at anytime between 12pm and 2pm, but please meet the rest of the group at the front desk at 2pm in order to hear from Caroline DuBois.
- You are welcome to bring a picnic, but note there are no bathrooms
- You will not be allowed down into the vaults