Memory Garden 4 - Whippanong 1718 Cemetery - The Beautiful Beyond

Memory Garden 4 - Whippanong 1718 Cemetery

Whippany Burying Yard

Est. 1718

Driving down busy NJ Route 10 you would barely notice this place.  Amid the sounds of heavy traffic, the landscape breaks to show strip malls and diners, gas stations and office buildings.  But in 1718, this was farming land.  This was rich, fertile soil and the local Schoolmaster, John Richards owned it.  Perhaps knowing that which lies deep in our bones, he donated this land, "3 1/2 acres between the Whippanong River and the town road" to be used as a site for a place of worship, for a burying ground, or training area (he possibly meant for militia troops).  John died three months after signing that deed, and he was the first buried in that ground. His stone remains, and is the oldest in Morris County.

This is a pleasant place, with sounds of the river to the back competing with the noise of traffic, you can still get lost in the names you read and the stones your hand gently brushes against.  

The front gate erected in 1851 lends to the lonely looks of the grounds.  

Take your time here, stroll among the memories carved here to bare witness to the ages.



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