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Jamaica in Queens County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Prospect Cemetery

 
 
Prospect Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 21, 2017
1. Prospect Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Designated as a New York City Landmark in 1976, Prospect Cemetery, the original Old Burial Ground of the Village of Jamaica is one of the few remaining Colonial cemeteries in Queens. The earliest written record of the cemetery dates back to 1668. Prospect Cemetery is a valuable reminder of the Village of Jamaica's history and the important part its families played in shaping the early course of the United States.

Prospect Cemetery is the resting place of important figures in early New York City history. One example is Egbert Benson, a friend to Alexander Hamilton who acted as his secretary at the Constitutional Convention. Benson was a judge, State Attorney General and Congressman. Many Revolutionary War veterans, a great deal of whom served with Skidmore's Minutemen, are also buried here. Many descendants of those families fought in the Civil War, and were buried here as well.

Grave markers range in style from the simple hand-carved fieldstone of Thomas Wiggins, dated 1728, to professionally carved brownstones with depictions of winged skulls and angels, to the striking marble and granite obelisks made fashionable

Prospect Cemetery Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 21, 2017
2. Prospect Cemetery Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here on the right.
in the 1800s.

In 1857 Nicholas Ludlum, a wealthy New York merchant born in Jamaica added land purchased from the Long Island Railroad to the eastern side of the cemetery and commissioned the construction of The Chapel of the Sisters. The Chapel was Ludlum's grieving tribute to his three daughters, all of whom died young. The Chapel's builder, Thomas Clary, is also buried here.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
 
Location. 40° 42.12′ N, 73° 47.929′ W. Marker is in Jamaica, New York, in Queens County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jamaica NY 11433, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Prospect Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Stone Church (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jamaica Center Sidewalk Clock (about 800 feet away); The King Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); Jamaica Estates - A Residential Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); Jamaica Estates New York World War II Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Morris Park World War I Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Queens Borough Hall Persian Gulf War Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jamaica.
 
Also see . . .  Prospect Cemetery (Prospect Cemetery Association)

Marker detail: Cemetery and Chapel of the Three Sisters image. Click for full size.
February 21, 2017
3. Marker detail: Cemetery and Chapel of the Three Sisters
. "Prospect Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Queens and one of the oldest in the five boroughs. Founded in 1668, its markers date from 1709 and comprise a collection of eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century markers and monuments. Prospect Cemetery is the burial site for many Revolutionary War soldiers, as well as some of Queens’ most prominent families with names like Van Wyck, Sutphin and Brinkerhoff. The Cemetery, along with its beautiful chapel, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated New York City landmark. View the NYC landmark designation report." (Submitted on August 11, 2018.) 
 
Prospect Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 21, 2017
4. Prospect Cemetery
Chapel of the Three Sisters image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 21, 2017
5. Chapel of the Three Sisters
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 11, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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