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The Moravian Cemetery at 2205 Richmond Road in New Dorp on Staten Island, New York is the largest and oldest active cemetery on the island. The cemetery encompasses 113 acres (46 hectares) and is the property of the local Moravian Church congregation of Staten Island.[1] Opened in 1740, it is situated on the southeastern foot of the Todt Hill ridge, and to its southwest is High Rock Park, one of the constituent parks of the Staten Island Greenbelt.

Moravian Cemetery
Vanderbilt Mausoleum.jpg
Mausoleum of the Vanderbilt family
Moravian Cemetery is located in New York City
Moravian Cemetery
Moravian Cemetery is located in New York
Moravian Cemetery
Established 1740
Location Staten Island, New Dorp
Country United States
Coordinates 40°35′02″N 74°07′08″W / 40.584°N 74.119°W / 40.584; -74.119
Size 113 acres (46 ha)
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In what was a purely farming community, the 113-acre (46 ha) cemetery was originally made available as a free cemetery for the public in order to discourage families from using farm burial plots. The Moravian Cemetery is the burial place for a number of famous Staten Islanders, including members of the Vanderbilt family.[1]

After the closure in the 1880s of the South Reformed Dutch Church in Richmondtown the graves of that church's graveyard were reinterred at Moravian. [2]

In the 19th century, Cornelius Vanderbilt gave the Moravian Church 8 12 acres (3.4 ha). Later, his son William Henry Vanderbilt gave a further 4 acres (1.6 ha) and constructed the residence for the cemetery superintendent.

The Vanderbilt mausoleum, designed by Richard Morris Hunt and constructed in 1885–1886, is part of the family's private section within the cemetery. Their mausoleum is a replica of a Romanesque church in Arles, France. The landscaped grounds around the Vanderbilt mausoleum were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The Vanderbilt section is not open to the public.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "About Us". Moravian Cemetery Website. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Site of Reformed Dutch Church Accessed February 11, 2018
  3. ^ De Haven, Tom. It's Superman. Random House, 2011, page 116

Coordinates: 40°34′48″N 74°7′0″W / 40.58000°N 74.11667°W / 40.58000; -74.11667