New Utrecht Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

8401-8427 16th Avenue

ARCHITECT: Unknown

DATE: 1653

Bensonhurst Brooklyn Cemetery

The New Utrecht Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery, established around 1653-1654, before the church was organized, is an important reminder of the town’s earliest period of development. The original church was constructed adjacent to it in 1700. It includes the family plots of the earliest New Utrecht families, including the Van Brunts, Cortelyous, Cowenhovens, Cropseys, and Bennetts; a communal, unmarked grave of American Revolutionary War soldiers; and an area where church members of African descent (both slave and free) were buried. Approximately 1,300 people have been interred in the cemetery during the past three centuries.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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