Brinckerhoff Cemetery

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

DATE: 1730


Designated August 14, 2012

*The cemetery was professionally surveyed in 1919 by the Queens Topographical Bureau, which created a map of the location of the gravestones with an accompanying listing of gravestone descriptions and their inscriptions. This survey identified 77 gravestones and markers, the earliest (of those with legible inscriptions) dated to 1730 and the last from 1872. This burial ground remained within an agricultural community until the late 1930s, when it became surrounded by the suburban development known as Fresh Meadows. Despite virtually a century of neglect, and the fact that today there are no visible above-ground gravestones or markers, the Brinckerhoff Cemetery survives as a rare, and one of the oldest, colonial-era burial grounds in the Borough of Queens, as well as one of the few tangible links to the early-18th century, and rural, history of the borough.

*excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission Brinckerhoff Cemetery designation report

~Photo credit: Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report- Brinckerhoff Cemetery (1927) Source: The Archives, Queens Library

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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