Warwick Cemetery Association introduces cremation garden and columbarium

Additions come in response to growing trend toward cremation

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  • Photo provided by Eileen Patterson/Creative Vision Warwick Cemetery has added a cremation garden and columbarium to their 65 acre property. An open house is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, at 4 p.m. The public is invited. More photos can be found at www.warwickcemetery.org.

— The historic Warwick Cemetery, located off Route 94, just south of the Village of Warwick, has added a cremation garden/columbarium in order to create memorial options for those who chose cremation rather than a burial.

A dedication and open house is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, at 4 p.m. and the public is invited to attend and learn more about the cremation garden.

Immediately following the dedication, the Warwick Historical Society will offer a walking tour and discussion titled “Dedicated People." A local historian will share stories about people who devoted their talents and energy to their community and country.

The cemetery, which was formally opened in 1868, is situated on 65 well-maintained acres. It has interred people of all faiths in graves or in private family mausoleum crypts.

Columbarium with 96 nichesWith the increased trend toward cremation, the cemetery recently added the columbarium with 96 niches for cremation urns including an area to scatter ashes. Marble benches surround The Garden and provide a tranquil setting for solitude and remembrance.

For those who wish to have their remains returned to the Earth, there is a plot of river rocks for scattering. A bronze memorial tree beside the scattering area provides spaces for inscribing names.

The Warwick Cemetery is owned by shareholders who have grave space there and is overseen by a volunteer board of directors. The cemetery is a not-for-profit entity.

“We have received very positive feedback about the Garden," said board member Ken Mitchell. "It’s a focal point for quiet reflection; a peaceful alcove where families may place their loved ones’ urns and return time and time again for remembrance and to pay loving tribute.”

General HathornInteresting historical notes about the cemetery include the grave of General John Hathorn, who played a significant role in the Revolutionary War. Born in 1749, Hathorn became a Major General near the end of the War. After the Revolution and Independence he became speaker of the New York State Assembly, Warwick’s Town Supervisor, and served several terms in the U.S. Congress.

For further information, contact Donald Ruhl at 845-986-4756 and leave a message. Inquiries can also be send via email to: info@warwickcemetery.org.

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