Memory Garden 6
Old Bound Brook Presbyterian Burial Grounds
Est. possibly 1700
A sad sad place, even for me. Most burial grounds do not evoke sadness in me, but this place does.
Pre-revolutionary graves dotted this ground, at least two family vaults, soldiers from 1812, Civil war veterans and so many more. But their names are lost to the ages, hastened on by neglect, abuse and the forgetfulness of man. In 1976 for this country's bicentennial, the grounds were "rehabbed" by the group called the Bound Brook Bicentennial Commission. The ground were previously cared for by the Middlebrook DAR Chapter. The large brick stone gate and stairs were erected in 1929 by Miss Caroline B. La Monte at the corner of East High and East Streets. In memory of her brother, George M. La Monte, one "Gateway of Remembrance" plaque inscription reads "In the year of this Pact of Paris, this Gateway of Remembrance was placed here for the sake of George Mason La Monte, a citizen of this borough who reverenced the past and who worked for the future wherein war shall cease and goodwill shall prevail among men! 1929." The companion plaque reads "The work of righteousness shall be peace and the effect of righteousness quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17."
It is estimated that there may be as many as 1500 graves located deep in this earth. Most of the stones are gone, and those that remained in 1976 were laid flat. A move I presume thought to prevent further breaking of the stones, but ultimately allowed the earth to overtake many of them. The Bound Brook Public Library stands just feet from this spot, and contains volumes of books with the inscriptions of some 600 of the stones as they were recorded in the 1930's.
Truly you must listen carefully here to hear the soft whispers of memory.
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