Orchard Street Gatehouse Historical Association

Orchard Street Cemetery

The Blue Tour

Saturday, May 4, 2024
12pm to 5pm

Orchard Street Cemetery

Orchard Street Gatehouse Historical Association

Orchard Street Cemetery

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A story of civic pride and local philanthropy that still continues to this day, the Orchard Street Cemetery was founded in 1851 when residents determined there was need of such in Dover. William Young, a local baker, traded his one-acre “garden plot” at the end of Orchard Street to this new endeavor in return for several building lots on Orchard Street.

Formally incorporated in 1854, the following year, Jabez Mills and his wife, Hannah, sold approximately 4.5 acres of their land to the Trustees of the Dover Cemetery Association, thereby constituting the final boundaries of the cemetery to its current 5.4 acres.

Today, the Orchard Street Gatehouse Historical Association is dedication to the preservation and stewardship of the grounds, gravestones, and receiving house located on the site.

This year's Pathways tour features topics of discussion established annually by the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC).