Message from the President Cate Ludlam
Welcome to Prospect Cemetery!
The Prospect Cemetery
Association of Jamaica Village is committed to the preservation of Prospect
Cemetery and the lovely Chapel of the Sisters. Prospect Cemetery is a New York
City Landmark located in the heart of downtown Jamaica, Queens County, New York.
It is of great historical value as the oldest burial ground in Jamaica and the
final resting place of veterans from all wars from the Revolution onward. Its
four-and-one-half acres are filled with beautiful old tombstones, many of
unusual design, along with stately obelisks. Those buried at Prospect offer a
cross-section of the populace of old Jamaica. Preachers and soldiers, slaves and
masters, farmers and merchants all lie at rest here. Their stories are an
essential part of the history of America's birth.
But the site offers more than history alone:
Stroll through the pedestrian walkway under the LIRR trestle at 159th Street
and Archer Avenue and leave the bustle, noise and traffic fumes at that
crossroads of modern transportation far behind. Suddenly you stand before a
peaceful tree-filled area where birds and butterflies are plentiful, and
squirrels leap from tree to tree. Magnificent old Linden trees grace the
frontage, ushering you into the grounds. This quiet, green, open area beckons to
those who love nature. Flowers planted by loving hands decades ago have spread
over the grounds. Iris, daffodil, hyacinth, periwinkle, daylily, yucca, and my
favorite, lily of the valley, still bloom in season. It is a small wildlife
sanctuary in the midst of urban sprawl where over 200 varieties of birds have
been spotted. It is an outdoor classroom for the study of art, architecture,
botany and genealogy. Prospect is a treasure trove for those who take the time
to look beyond the surface. Please take a moment now to visit these pages.
Thanks for stopping by!
President, Prospect Cemetery Association
Catherine Ludlam, President
Peter Engelbrecht, Secretary
Karen Ansis, Treasurer