The New Cemetery Association of Somerville

The New Cemetery Association of Somerville is an example of a Victorian Cemetery and is a place of quiet repose. It is an active cemetery, formed in 1867. It features funerary sculpture and encompasses history from around 1860 to the present.

[07/27/17]   If you saw the movie glory with Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman you have an appreciation for the contributions of the United States Colored troops. There are 17 of these troops buried in the New Cemetery. There are only two other cemeteries in the state of New Jersey that has more buried then here in Somerville.
Come visit these troops at the cemetery

[07/06/17]   It is with regret that I announce that due to the storm last month and the amount of time and energy it takes the Board of Trustees of the cemetery have decided not to have the 150th anniversary celebration in October. We think everyone for their support

The New Cemetery Association of Somerville

Did you know that The New Cemetery of Somerville, founded in 1867 is the second "Victorian Garden Cemetery" in the state? Previously, all the stones wee in straight lines. Ours have Circles, meandering pathways and roads, It was desgned by a firm in Elizabeth and has several hundred trees, of which there are 59 varities. When founded, the Trustees set aside a section for People of Color, Blacks, Native Americans, Biracial etc, which has been called the most significant African American burial ground in the state because we have the records. There are over 2000 veterans buried there, of which the 17 United States Colored Troops from the Civil War are the 3rd most of any Cemetery in the State. There are over a half dozen Congressman, 4 State Supreme Court Justices, the Prosecutor in the famous Hall-Mills murder trial, One U.S. Senator ( Case), 11,300 headstones, the landscape architect for the Lincoldn Memorial and the WWI burial grounds in France and Belgium,. Each of the 26 roads and pathways are named after some form of fauna, Acacia Road, Spruce Avenue, Violet Path etc. It was originally the site of the Hardgrove Farm and from its inception, there has only been a short time that there has not been a member of the Hardgrove family on the Board of Trustees.. Combined with the old Cemetery across the street founded in 1802, there are veterans from every war the U.S. has been in from the Revolutionary WAr to Desert Storm. Cemeteries were the community's first parks. Their intent was to be a place for families to come visit their relatives after church services. So as we like to say, " Come for a visit or stay for eternity"
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[12/17/15]   The Cemetery Association would like to thank its supporters who made our grave blanket sale another success. We sold our entire inventory.

[11/26/15]   It's that time of year again. The new Cemetery, of Somerville once again is selling grave blankets. The cost is $35 each and they can be ordered by calling the Cemetery at 908-725-1871

The New Cemetery Association of Somerville

The New Cemetery has approximately 59 different variety of trees and shrubs on its 24 acres. Next month the dogwoods will be blooming. The dogwoods were a planting project of Mrs. Susan B. Long. The dogwood is the official tree of the Borough of Somerville.

[11/04/15]   The foliage on our hundreds of trees is at peak. Come visit our magnificent "park"

[08/25/15]   Our Board of Trustees President works very hard ensuring that the new trees planted over the past few years are waters every week (several times a week in dry conditions). We now have over 60 varieties of trees in the Cemetety.

[08/24/15]   Our President works so hard watering all of the new trees that have been planted over the past two years. There are over 60 different baritone of trees in the anew Cemetery

[05/27/15]   The pink dogwood bloom came and went it there still is time to catch the white dogwoods in bloom

[05/02/15]   Getting ready for the annual explosion of our magnificent Dogwood trees. Stop by Somerville's
most beautiful park

[03/04/15]   For the past two seasons the Cemetery Association has undertaken a program to replace trees destroyed by storms and aging. In addition trees have been planted in new locations. These trees have been donated by concerned citizens. This year we are continuing our Tree donation program. If you are interested in donating the cost of a tree, call Mrs. Karen Bullock at the Cemetery at 908-725-1871

[12/22/14]   This year's grave blanket inventory has sold out

[12/05/13]   The Cemetery si selling grave blankets, again. The price is $30.00 for graves at New Cemetery or at another location. Call 908-725-1871

[11/18/13]   Did you know that The New Cemetery of Somerville, founded in 1867 is the second "Victorian Garden Cemetery" in the state? Previously, all the stones wee in straight lines. Ours have Circles, meandering pathways and roads, It was desgned by a firm in Elizabeth and has several hundred trees, of which there are 59 varities. When founded, the Trustees set aside a section for People of Color, Blacks, Native Americans, Biracial etc, which has been called the most significant African American burial ground in the state because we have the records. There are over 2000 veterans buried there, of which the 17 United States Colored Troops from the Civil War are the 3rd most of any Cemetery in the State. There are over a half dozen Congressman, 4 State Supreme Court Justices, the Prosecutor in the famous Hall-Mills murder trial, One U.S. Senator ( Case), 11,300 headstones, the landscape architect for the Lincoldn Memorial and the WWI burial grounds in France and Belgium,. Each of the 26 roads and pathways are named after some form of fauna, Acacia Road, Spruce Avenue, Violet Path etc. It was originally the site of the Hardgrove Farm and from its inception, there has only been a short time that there has not been a member of the Hardgrove family on the Board of Trustees.. Combined with the old Cemetery across the street founded in 1802, there are veterans from every war the U.S. has been in from the Revolutionary WAr to Desert Storm. Cemeteries were the community's first parks. Their intent was to be a place for families to come visit their relatives after church services. So as we like to say, " Come for a visit or stay for eternity"
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[05/05/13]   Thanks to everyone who particitpated in the Discovery Day Open House and Tours. The weather was beautiful, the foliage was outstanding and the historians had a good time chatting with each other. WE had a Civil War reenactor and plenty of information on Somerville's largest and finest park.

[04/11/13]   The Discover New cemetery tour. Saturday May 4, 2013 10:00AM-2:00PM. Guided and self guided tours
Call 908-735-1871 for more information

[03/29/13]   The cemetery has plenty of mulch and soil free to anyone who wants it

[12/05/12]   due to the ravages of Superstorm Sandy, we lost many mature trees that we had to cut. We have an abundance of firewood free for the taking.

[11/23/12]   The New Cemetery is now selling grave blankets for $30.00. Call 908-725-1871 or stop in the office.

[09/19/12]   Getting ready for an explosion of color when the leaves change colors.

[06/29/12]   The New Cemetery has a pile of clean fill dirt that you are welcome to take for free. Take a bucket or a tandem truck load. In the next few weeks we will be cutting up some more old trees that can be used for firewood. Postings will go on FB, Craig's list and VilleTv or you can call the office at 908-725-1871

[04/07/12]   The pink dogwoods are about to bloom. If you want to see something spectacular, come in and see our trees. Come for a visit or stay for eternity

[01/12/12]   After Hurricane Irene we cut and chipped some trees. We have a large pile of wood chips and mulch at the rear of the Cemetery. Help yourselves to it .

[12/01/11]   The New Cemetery Association is selling grave blankets, once again, at a cost of $35.00

[09/01/11]   Hurricane Irene knocked down some large maple tree branches. We had them cut up into firewood lengths. Free firewood at the New Cemetery this weekend. Bring your truck.

[05/20/11]   visit our new website. www.newcemetery.org

[04/30/11]   okay, we all know that Somerville has a nice park system, but for my money the most beautiful park in town is at the end of South Bridge Street. The trees are doing their Spring Thing and are blooming. The dogwoods were recently pruned and are looking good. Come on in for a visit or stay for eternity. Somerville's hidden secret.

[04/23/11]   Was walking through the cemetery yesterday and noticed that the dogwood buds are about to explode. Not a nicer place to see than the annual dogwood bloom at the Cemetery. Come in for a visit.

[03/29/11]   The New Cemetery has approximately 59 different variety of trees and shrubs on its 24 acres. Next month the dogwoods will be blooming. The dogwoods were a planting project of Mrs. Susan B. Long. The dogwood is the official tree of the Borough of Somerville.

[03/28/11]   did you know that the New Cemetery is the final resting place for 192 Civil War Vets, including a woman who disguised herself as a man, 17 United States Colored Troops, a Tuskegee Airman, New Jersey's first female physician and attorney, 4 Congressmen, 3 NJ State Supreme Court Justices, the landscape architect for the Lincoln Memorial and that tours are available?

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192 S Bridge St
Somerville, NJ
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The cemetery has over 1000 graves available and above ground burial options are available.

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