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Riverview Cemetery

 
 
Riverview Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, November 2007
1. Riverview Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Riverview Cemetery, today a wedge of green between two major highways, is an oasis in the concrete and asphalt of the city where Trentonís history is written silently in gravestones. Here in 1685, John Lambert conveyed two acres to the Chesterfield Friends Monthly Meeting for use as a burial ground. From these Quaker origins, continuing through a late 19-century expansion into a non-denominational graveyard and down to the present, Riverview has grandly occupied this bluff-top promontory.

For the first 170 years or so of its existence, the burial ground served the local Quaker community and includes the graves of several prominent Quakers in the Trenton area, among them the two founding settlers, Mahlon Stacy and Thomas Lambert. In 1857, Jacob Taylor acquired a half interest in a 26-acre lot bordering the burial ground, an event that soon set in motion the creation of Riverview Cemetery. In the following year, Taylor developed a plan to open a large modern graveyard around the Quaker burying plot and, with a group of investors, founded the Riverview Cemetery Company.

The first burial plot in the new cemetery was sold on February 23, 1859 to captain William E. Hunt, a well-known Lamberton sea-farer. A Taylor family burial enclosure was established and exists today as a small mausoleum. An imposing masonry receiving vault
Riverview Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, November 2007
2. Riverview Cemetery Marker
was also built for the temporary placement of caskets prior to burial. Quakers retained their right to bury within the original parcel for several more years, but eventually turned over the responsibility for its care to the cemetery company.

Riverview Cemetery was twice enlarged later in the 19th century with most of the expansion occurring to the north, since the canal, river and bluff edge prevented its spreading in other directions. In the 1880s, the core of the former Pine Grove estate, once owned by Joseph Bonaparte, was annexed. Another expansion of the cemetery was accomplished in 1887-88 aided by the professional landscape design firm of Vaux & Co. This company was headed by Calvert Vaux, the landscape architect who collaborated with Frederick Law Olmsted on the design of Central Park in New York City and several other commissions.

Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Riverview Cemetery grew into one of Trentonís most populous and popular cemeteries. Here may be found the graves of many of those most prominent in Trentonís rise as a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution: Bowmans, Dickinsons, Dunhams, Ewings, Hildebrechts, Kusers, Maddocks, Motts, Roeblings, Ruslings, Switliks and Taylors are but a few of the families represented.

The ravages of the Civil War are reflected in the close to 1,000 graves of veterans of the Union forces.
Part of the F.W.Beers map of Trenton, published in 1870, image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
3. Part of the F.W.Beers map of Trenton, published in 1870,
showing the limits of Riverview Cemetery before the annexation of the Pine Grove property in the 1880s (Courtesy of the Trentoniana Local History and Genealogy Collection, Trenton Public Library)
Many Civil War veterans lie buried in the plot set aside for members of the Grand Army of the Republic, others are scattered elsewhere around the cemetery, as in the case of Lieutenant DeKlyn Lalor, Major General Gershom Mott and General George B. McClellan. McClellan, the general who commsnded the Army of the Potomac and later became Governor of New Jersey (1878-81), was buried at Riverview Cemetery in 1885. His remains rest beneath a monumental granite shaft raised in his memory at the highest central point of the cemetery.

Who Lies There?
Riverview Cemetery sprawls over an area of almost 50 acres and is estimated to contain perhaps as many as 70,000 graves. The cemetery is still in active use and is respectfully maintained by the Riverview Cemetery Corporation, whose office is located on Centre Street. A genealogical sample of the cemeteryís extraordinary history and mortuary aesthetic is offered below ÖÖ but, better still, walk over and experience the place in person.
 
Erected 2004 by New Jersey Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 40° 11.724′ N, 74° 45.426′ W. Marker is in Trenton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 29. Touch for map. This marker is in South River Walk park which is built
Map of Riverview Cemetery, Trenton, N.J. 1933 image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 14, 2007
4. Map of Riverview Cemetery, Trenton, N.J. 1933
over top of Route 29. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08611, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Natural Magnet for Native Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); Shipping on the Delaware (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ferries across the Delaware (about 600 feet away); South Riverwalk Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ice, Brewing and Bottles (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pre-17th Century Trenton Timeline (approx. 0.2 miles away); Europeans at the Falls of the Delaware (approx. 0.2 miles away); Quakers Lead the Settlement of West Jersey (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
 
More about this marker. The marker is at the southern edge of the southern half of the park. It faces its subject, Riverview Cemetery.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
Joseph Bonaparte (1768-1844) image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
5. Joseph Bonaparte (1768-1844)
Brother of Napoleon Bonaparte and owner of property that later became part of Riverview Cemetery (Courtesy of the Trentoniana Local History and Genealogy Collection, Trenton Public Library)
An aerial view of the southern section of Lamberton around 1925, image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
6. An aerial view of the southern section of Lamberton around 1925,
Riverview Cemetery can be seen in the right portion of the view extending between the Sixth Ward Park along the riverbank and the Delaware and Raritan Canal (Courtesy of the Trentoniana Local History and Genealogy Collection, Trenton Public Library)
Calvert Vaux (1824-1895) image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
7. Calvert Vaux (1824-1895)
English born American Landscape Architect who designed the expanded Riverview Cemetery in the late 1880s (Courtesy of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities)
Riverview Cemetery Gravestones image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
8. Riverview Cemetery Gravestones
Riverview Cemetery Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
9. Riverview Cemetery Gravestone
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By Gary Nigh, December 2007
10. Riverview Cemetery Gravestone
Riverview Cemetery Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
11. Riverview Cemetery Gravestone
Riverview Cemetery Gravestones image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
12. Riverview Cemetery Gravestones
Riverview Cemetery Gravestones image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
13. Riverview Cemetery Gravestones
Approaching the Marker from the Park Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, November 2007
14. Approaching the Marker from the Park Entrance
Looking Back at the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, November 2007
15. Looking Back at the Marker
Riverview Cemetery can be seen in the bakground.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,501 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on December 21, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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