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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Richard L. Simpson Presents….

Walking Tours of Moravian Cemetery.

Our tours feature biographical information for people buried in the cemetery. Learn about the real-life stories of oystermen, farmers, inventors, sheriffs, politicians, doctors, painters, lawyers, businessmen, architects, authors, boat captains, clergymen, philanthropists, newspapermen, and many more.

We offer 4 tours. Each tour takes place in a different part of the cemetery.


All tours are about 90-minutes.

We offer public tours, and private tours for families and organizations.



Thanks to our visitors we had a great turnout for our tours this year.

We’re almost ready to release our book about Moravian Cemetery which features biographical information for over 350 people who are buried in the cemetery. They include the early Dutch, French and English settlers of Staten Island. They have towns, streets, parks and schools named for them. They also include historians, authors, doctors, lawyers, teachers, civil war heroes, politicians, painters, business owners, architects, civil service employees, and many, many more.

Please check back for book signing dates.

Over the winter we’ll be taking requests for burial records which are vital when researching genealogy.


Here’s information about our tours.


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 and naturalist William T. Davis. The first mausoleum to be built (1855) in the cemetery stands here: It's actually an underground vault built by one of America's wealthiest families.

Central Avenue Tour.

This tour includes Staten Island’s 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), Sedutto’s Ice Cream, and many other families.

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), 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.”).


Moravian Cemetery’s Burial Records.

We are now accepting requests for:

. Death and Burial Records 1758-1828

. Births and Baptisms Records 1749-1883.

Marriage Records 1764 to 1863

. Cemetery Records 1867-Present


For further information click on article “Moravian Cemetery’s Burial Records." 


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.

Moravian Cemetery is an active cemetery and cannot accept walk-ins for genealogy requests.


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






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  • Moravian Cemetery's Burial Records.

    Moravian Cemetery's Burial Records for People Researching Genealogy.   We are now accepting requests for the following records:   Death and Burial Records 1758-1828   Birth and Baptism Records 1749-1883   Marriage Records 1764-1863   Cemetery Records 1867 - Present ...

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  • Moravian Cemetery's Burial Records.

    Moravian Cemetery's burial records can be very helpful when researching genealogy. Contact us by e-mail: Richard Simpson – Historian and Tour Guide for Moravian Cemetery is now accepting requests for the following records: . Death and Burial R...

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  • All Roads Lead to Moravian Cemetery.

    All Roads (and buses & trains) lead to Moravian Cemetery. Moravian Cemetery is located at 2205 Richmond Road, at the corner of Todt Hill Road. Public Transportation. Bus – from the St. George Ferry Terminal, take either #74 or #76, to Richmond Road an...

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  • The History of Moravian Cemetery.

    Authored by Richard L. Simpson - Historian and Tour Guide for Moravian Cemetery. As early as 1720 a cemetery stood at the corner of Richmond Road and Todt Hill Road. In 1740, the Moravian Church purchased the cemetery. Since that time the cemetery has deve...

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