Jersey City, New Jersey: Tunnels, Crypts - Historic Jersey City Cemetery

One of the first "garden style" landscaped cemeteries. Also served as a battlefield, military training ground, and ammunition bunker. Mysterious tunnels were supposedly used by the Underground Railroad.

Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery

Address:
435 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ
Directions:
Cemetery entrance is on the south side of Newark Ave. just west of the I-78 overpass. A brisk 15 minute walk from the Grove St. PATH station.
Hours:
Daily 8:30 am - sundown (Call to verify)
Phone:
201-707-0738
Admission:
Donations are welcomed and needed
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Cemetery with lawn-trimming goats.

Tunnels, Crypts - Historic Jersey City Cemetery

This is an unusual cemetery. The volunteers for landscaping apparently include goats enclosed by an electric fence. The peacocks may help out too. Some funding is provided by a theater company performing. There is a skull and waving hand in the window of the office by the entrance to greet visitors. There is a donation jar for visitors.

[Dan Kaplan, 06/25/2014]

Jersey City cemetery.

Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery

Lively, spirited historic site. 350 years of New Jersey history, from the Dutch settlers to a Revolutionary War encampment to the very first cemetery company in the state of New Jersey. Sadly, the cemetery was abandoned five years ago, and it's now operated entirely by volunteers. Six acres of natural rolling hills and meadows, wildflowers, colonial plants and bushes, historic monuments, wildlife, and underground crypts and tunnels. Walking tours on most Saturdays around 11 am.

[eileen, 03/30/2013]

"Lively" sounds counterintuitive for a cemetery, but it may very well be spirited.

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