Memory Garden 14 - Cherryville Cemetery - The Beautiful Beyond

Memory Garden 17

Cherryville Cemetery, Flemington, NJ


Est. 1850

On a soft, late summer Sunday afternoon my husband and I were doing what we love to do; getting lost!

We love to point the car onto a county road and just drive.  We have seen some very interesting sights, and driven some roads that look like the last to traverse on them were horse and buggy! 

On this particular day we had been driving around and decided to try and head home - we hoped we were headed in the right direction.  As I came around a corner I did my usual - screeched to a halt, CEMETERY! lol

This was one of the prettiest little stone gardens I had seen in some time and we knew that the sun was headed to the deep west soon we decided to explore for a short time.

The Cherryville Presbyterian Church sits two doors in from the corner of Quakertown Rd.  As I came around the corner it's grand steeple beckoned to me. There was a parking lot in front the church, which sits sideways on the road. Just past the church is a small driveway which I pulled into.    As you stand to look at the ground you can see for what seems like miles.  On this day the view was just beautiful; horse barns, and two horses wandering the pasture that butts up against the far wall of the cemetery.  A line of small trees acting as a natural fence by that wall.  As we walked stone to stone, reading the names out loud, we noticed a gentleman crossing the street and headed towards us.  I thought "oh no, someone going to tell us to get out as soon as they see my camera!"  But this very cordial gentleman instead asked us if we were looking for a particular grave, shook our hands and told u how his family has maintained the cemetery for many, many years.  He was actually coming over to mow the grass when he saw us.  He told us some history and walked with us a bit, and then left us to continue walking while he went about his lawn care.

Cherryville Baptist Church was founded in 1849. Cherryville Mountainview Cemetery opened the following year in 1850 with 3 interments. The original size of the cemetery was about 1.5 acres in size. A fieldstone wall was constructed on the south and west sides of the cemetery and a wrought iron fence was installed on the east side. Sometime before 1940 the church and the cemetery split and became two separate entities, a non-profit association was formed to oversee the cemeteries operations. In 1941 the cemetery was enlarged another 1.5 acres and the wall and fence were also expanded. In the early 1970's the fence was removed and the sign was moved from over the driveway to its current location. Trucks were getting bigger and could no longer fit under the sign. Cemetery association president Larry Van Wyck purchased an additional 3.5 acres of land behind the cemetery and donated it to the cemetery in memory of his wife Elsie Van Wyck on Dec. 20, 2006. There is a lovely sitting bench near the dedication stone, and the locals know this as a place to enjoy a peaceful sunset view.


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