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Newton, New Jersey: Cave Grave

Memorial slab on a rock outcropping lists three names, supposedly the three children who never emerged from a cave whose entrance the slab has sealed forever!

Newton Cemetery

19 Lawnwood Ave., Newton, NJ
Newton Cemetery. From US-206/Main St. turn east at the stoplight onto Halstead St. Cross Madison St. When the street veers left, turn right into the cemetery. The grave slab is on the right, mortared into the side of a mossy rock outcrop set back into the woods.
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Cemetery plaque.

Cave Grave

In a peaceful cemetery in the heart of Newton you will find a unique memorial. It was the entrance to a cave at one point. According to legend, it seals the cave entrance where the three children inscribed into the memorial died.

[Joey Storms, 05/04/2024]

The story goes that two of the three kids entered the cave searching for the third one and none of them returned, so the entrance was sealed with their memorial slab. We'd heard sketchy tales decades ago of "Hessian gold" buried in a Newton cemetery cave, and that it might connect to another hazardous cave entrance miles away (and now also sealed after someone trapped in the cave died).

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