Memory Garden 9 - Old Moravian Cemetery - The Beautiful Beyond

Memory Garden 9

Old Moravian Cemetery, Hope NJ

Est. about 1768

The arched road gate of this cemetery is somewhat famous - it was shown in the shot in the original Friday the 13th movie.  You will not find that shot here - I chose to show the side of this garden that we are interested in.  

I simply cannot stop looking back at Mary's grave.  No other name, no other information.  She rests simply with her name.

Some of the stones here brought me to a feeling of respect for what these individuals must have gone through in their lifetimes.  

The town of Hope was a planned Moravian town.  It was owned by the Moravian church for more than 40 years after its inception around 1774. 


Walking through this still active cemetery the progression of the ages is gradual.  Close to the church are the older stones, speaking of names still known in this area through street signs and road designations.  A large stone near the front of the place reads with the inscription "dedicated to the 62 persons who died in the early Moravian settlement".  Many stones, found further back, and closer to what is now the back playground area of the church, are the numbered stones the Moravians are known for.  

From the plain stones found that speak of the ages, to the much newer stones a way across the grounds, each reminds us that we all shall be flowers in a garden someday. 


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