Moravian Cemetery: A Who's Who in Staten Island History.

Address: 2205 Richmond Road
Staten Island, NY 10306
Contact: Richard Simpson - Historian and Tour Guide for Moravian Cemetery.

I've been walking through cemeteries since I was a small child when my parents vacationed in my uncle’s log cabin in southern Vermont. Cemeteries have always been very peaceful places to me. As I grew older and developed an interest in history and genealogy, they became invaluable tools of research.


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Walking Tours of Moravian Cemetery: A Who’s Who in Staten Island History.

Our Tours will resume in the Fall, 2014. Contact us now to arrange private tours for families and organizations.

Over the summer we'll be working on our book. We'll also answer genealogy requests by providing cemetery records for people resting in the cemetery. Our records start in 1867.

Please e-mail us for information:



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Tour dates for Fall, 2014

“Walking Tours of Moravian Cemetery: A Who’s Who of Staten Island.”

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We can’t predict the future, but we can sure tell you about the past.

Our walking tours are filled with biographical information for those interred in the cemetery.

All tours which are open to the public start at 2pm on Sundays. Please inquire about private tours for schools, organizations and families.

All tours are about 90-minutes long. There is an entrance fee of $10. per person.

Dress is casual, please wear flat shoes. Cameras are permitted.

Reservations are suggested as we limit the number of attendees on our tours.



Here’s a little information about our walking tours.

October 5, 2014. Atlantic Avenue Tour -Stroll around this beautiful Victorian section of the cemetery and visit the resting places of photographer Alice Austen, George Wm. Curtis (Curtis High School), Historian/Author Dorothy Valentine Smith, Elmer Dundy (owner of Coney Island’s Luna Park), cigar manufacturer Alvaro Garcia (Garcia & Vega), pencil manufacturer Eberhard Faber, Dr. Nathaniel Lord Britton (Founder, New York Botanical Gardens). We’ll also visit the cenotaph of Civil War Hero Col. Robert Gould Shaw (1989 movie “Glory.”).

October 12, 2014. Old Section Tour - Visit the oldest sections of the cemetery where its gravestones date to 1740. Some of the early Dutch, French and English settlers of Staten Island rest here, as well as  families who have towns, street, schools and parks named for them. This section also includes Civil War Hero Gen. Stephen H. Weed and historian William T. Davis. The first mausoleum to be built (1865) in the cemetery stands here: It's actually an underground vault built by one of America's wealthiest families.

October 19, 2014. Central Avenue Tour - This tour features first Borough President George Cromwell, architect John M. Carrere (Borough Hall, Andrew Carnegie Libraries), Beer brewery founder August Horrmann (R & H Beer), Award winning playwright Paul Zindel, American-Indian historian Alanson Skinner, Major Clarence Barrett (Barrett Park) and many other families including Pouch, Braisted, Griffith, Joline, and Sedutto.




Breaking News - We're writing a book about Moravian Cemetery. The book will feature biographical information for those resting in the cemetery. Please contact us if you would like to contribute information. We also welcome photographs of people, houses or businesses, and photographs of the cemetery, etc.



Genealogy Inquiries

Do you have ancestors resting at Moravian Cemetery? Our records go back to 1867. To see what information might be found, click on article entitled:
"Researching Your Family? Here's a Good Place to Start."


We also provide:

Photographs of gravestones.

Obituaries (providing one was placed in the local newspaper).

Genealogy Requests

can only be accepted by sending an e-mail. Sorry, we cannot accept walk-ins. You will receive a reply within 24 hours.

Since I volunteer my time to help people with genealogy, I am at the cemetery office one afternoon each week and your request can take up to 2-3 weeks to complete.

E-mail contact:



While enjoying the beauty of Moravian Cemetery, please keep in mind that all visitors are expected to act in a dignified manner and to comply with the rules and regulations of the Cemetery.

We like photographs just as much as you. If you're taking photos please stop in the office and tell us what sections of the cemetery you'll be working in.

See you at the cemetery.....Moravian Cemetery.

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