Reference Desk
New Brunswick Public Library
60 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Tel: 732-745-5108 ext. 20
nbfpl@lmxac.org

 

 

The Willow Grove Cemetery Complex is located on Morris Street between Livingston Avenue and George Street in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey. The five acre site is actually made up of three smaller cemeteries; each founded and originally operated independently. Closest to Livingston Avenue and adjacent to the New Brunswick Free Public Library property is Willow Grove Cemetery, founded in 1851. Next to Willow Grove Cemetery is the cemetery known as Cheesman or Central Cemetery, founded in 1868. The third and oldest cemetery, Presbyterian Cemetery, was relocated from Burnett Street to its present setting in 1837. This cemetery is situated between Cheesman Cemetery and the Hope VI housing complex on George Street.

Buried in this site are seven former mayors of the City of New Brunswick, one United States Senator, a member of the United States House of Representatives, as well as men of influence and industry in New Jersey during the mid 19th through early 20th centuries. The Willow Grove Cemetery is also the final resting-place of the first Japanese exchange student to the United States and New Brunswick's Unknown Soldier.

 

The City of New Brunswick received a Grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State. The Grant aided in the indexing of the grave markers and the development of this web site.