Ah, the loveliness of Edgewater Cemetery. My grandparents lived in West New York, and sometimes we’d take a slightly out of the way drive to their apartment, by driving through Edgewater (before it got as built up and crowded as it is today). I remember seeing the cemetery gates, but don’t recall a driveway. It was set back and there were abandoned buildings surrounding it, making it a perfect little mystery. There was hardly anything on the internet back then about the cemetery, except a Lenape princess was buried there.
In my early 20s, I felt a little more bold and decided I would visit. However, there was always a lock on the gate, so I imagined myself doing stealth, ninja-like moves to hop the wall. I never did, but always imagined the cemetery to be small.
Now I bring you to present day. One gorgeous Sunday in June, I decided to come here (and to visit the Binghamton Ferry. See last post.) and finally get to see what I’ve been missing out on. A LOT! This cemetery is very deceiving. It looks like it will be pretty small and hold maybe 50 graves. I left the cemetery with over 150 photos and I didn’t even photograph every headstone.
Edgewater Cemetery is next to a new condominium complex and actually has a very tiny parking lot. Maybe 5 or so cars can fit? It is located across the street from a strip mall, which is also along the Hudson River and the final resting spot of The Binghamton Ferry. There doesn’t seem to be a date when it first opened, but some websites say there are burials as early as the American Revolution, and the final burial was set in 1982. There are many veterans buried here that I found from the Civil War and Spanish American War, as well as a few WWI.
It’s kind of odd that parts of the cemetery were extremely well-maintained, yet some areas had a decent amount of grass that wasn’t mowed, as well as twigs and branches. There are some small cave-ins as you go either up the hill or down the hill. The wall to the left (once you’re inside) is partially destroyed, as there is some construction and demolition next door. I certainly hope it gets fixed to help preserve this cemetery!
Onward to the pictures!
P.S. I intend on purchasing a new camera soon (I know not all of my pictures are great because it’s just a point and shoot type). When I do, I will definitely come back here because the photos do not do this cemetery justice.