Historic Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery
Overlooking the majestic Hudson River, this property is situated on one hundred sixty-five acres located in the Town of Poughkeepsie, New York. This property reveals the rich history of its past and present.
The Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery displays architecture from the 19th Century, beautiful landscape design and historic monumentation. Many individuals who influenced the shaping of local and national events are memorialized in this sacred place.
For over one hundred sixty-five-years Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery has been providing comfort and care for families in the Hudson Valley area. We pledge that the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery will continue to be a beautiful testimonial to eternal life and a quiet retreat where all may find peace and tranquility.
The Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery has a long history of exemplary care to those families who have lost loved ones or wish to plan ahead for their own memorialization. There are many choices for burial and commemoration at this unique and historic place.
Today, more than ever, families are choosing cremation. This cemetery has offered the service of cremation to Hudson Valley families since 1979. Our original crematory was created from the transformation of an existing structure here on the cemetery grounds.
Thinking about your own mortality leaves most people feeling a little uneasy, but more adults are finding that by preplanning and pre-arranging for their own memorial needs offers great emotional and even financial security for them and their families.
“A cemetery is a history of people – a perpetual record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery exists because every life is worth loving and remembering – always.”
A Brief History Of The Cemetery
In the middle decades of the nineteenth century, a revolution took place in the manner in which Americans viewed death and burial. “Rural Cemeteries” replaced church yards and family plots as the burial place of choice, and the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery was part of this revolution. Even though they were nearly always located near growing urban areas, these cemeteries were called “rural” because their carefully landscaped grounds embodied a respect for nature, and provided a respite from the chaotic bustle of the city.
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