PA Fall Work Day: Prospect Cemetery, Oct. 27

  • 27 Oct 2012
  • 9:30 AM
  • Prospect Cemetery

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Just in time for Halloween, join us for a work day at Prospect Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Queens! Come see the interior of the Romanesque Revival chapel, get a tour of the c.1668 cemetery with Cate Ludlam of the Prospect Cemetery Association, and help out with some landscape cleanup.

Prospect Cemetery was founded as the local burying ground when Jamaica was a rural 17th-century village. It served as a final resting place for many early New York families including the Van Wycks, Nostrands, and Boerums. With its wide range of remarkable grave markers, the cemetery was eventually abandoned and left to deteriorate. A recent revitalization initiative spearheaded by the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, New York Landmarks Conservancy, and Prospect Cemetery Association with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation is clearing the cemetery of invasive vegetation, restoring the landscape, and conserving the grave markers.

The cemetery tour will begin at 9:30am. PA will provide lunch. Please bring work gloves if you have them. Prospect Cemetery is in downtown Jamaica, easily accessible by subway. Take the E or J trains to Jamaica Center, exit the station onto Archer Avenue, walk under the LIRR overpass onto the York College campus. The cemetery will be on your right.


Lunch will be provided.

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