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Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Newark

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Mount Pleasant Cemetery is a historic rural cemetery in the North Ward of Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. It is located on the west bank of the Passaic River in Newark's Broadway neighborhood, opposite Kearny. It occupies approximately 40 acres (162,000 m²) and was designed by Horace Baldwin. The cemetery is listed on both the New Jersey Register (ID #1284, since 1987) and the National Register of Historic Places (Reference #87000836, since 1988).

The graves of some of Newark's most eminent citizens are within Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The cemetery is dominated by the marble mausoleum of John Fairfield Dryden, the founder of Prudential Financial. Other notable interments include Marcus Lawrence Ward, Governor of New Jersey; Seth Boyden, inventor of patent leather; and Mary Stillman, first wife of Thomas Edison. Mount Pleasant also contains graves of members of the Kinney, Ballantine, and Frelinghuysen families.

The cemetery itself was opened and incorporated in 1844, but there are graves that date back to the mid-17th century, which were moved from older graveyards that were crowded out due to development.

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  • some of the most beautiful monuments in a lovely cemetery. Clearly one of the best in New Jersey. Quite large, easy to driver through - some dirt roads. Especially nice in fall with the leaves...  more »
  • Very beautiful and historic cemetery. Use caution and be sure police guards are there should you want to venture in and out of the car.  more »
  • Most beautiful Cemetery ever seen. Very very well maintained and obviously loved dearly. It was like walking through time. It was a very nice surprise to see historic figures Graves. Thomas Edison's son and Mary Stilwell are buried here as well.
  • I grew up near this cemetery in the 1950s, and used to walk by it four times a day going to and from school. Magnificent obelisks and mausoleums. The Dryden Mausoleum is bigger than the house I lived in. This is an oasis in an otherwise bleak part of Newark, and worth a visit.

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