1832 Rural Long Island Cemetery

The Rural Cemetery Act By mid-century the natural growth of population, increasing immigration from Ireland and Central Europe, and a shortage of open land in Manhattan and Brooklyn forced consideration of a change. The new legislation commercialized death for the first time by authorizing corporations to buy land, open cemeteries and sell plots for money to private individuals. Within the next five years cemetery corporations began to buy up farms in Queens County and lay out large cemeteries: Calvary (1846) Evergreens (1848) Cypress Hills (1852) Mount Olivet (1852) St. Michael's (1852) Lutheran (1852). From Old Queens, N.Y. in Early Photographs, by Vincent F Seyfried, William Asadorian Back to CEMETERY INDEX Back to BROOKLYN Page Main