Explore Rosedale Cemetery (est. 1840) with Durand-Hedden
Ramble through history on this guided walking tour, Sunday, May 5 – 1-4 p.m.
May 2018 – Over the last two centuries, Rosedale Cemetery’s 92 picturesque acres in Orange, West Orange and Montclair, have been the chosen final resting place for many local families. On Sunday, May 5, the Durand-Hedden House will lead an informative spring walking tour of this venerable and historic cemetery.
We will learn about Rosedale’s history and visit the monuments of some of its nationally known occupants such as Governor Charles Edison, painter George Inness, A&P retailer George Huntington Hartford, and architect Charles F. McKim. Not to be missed will be more locally known Maplewood notables, such as Nelson Crawford Durand, a collaborator with Thomas Edison on the light bulb and grandson of Henry Durand (owner of the Durand-Hedden House); Edward C. Balch, the developer fondly known as “The Father of Maplewood”; William Trimpi, who planned College Hill. We’ll also visit well-known street namesakes Harry J. Baker, owner of the Baker St. general store, Edward Arcularius, the township clerk during Maplewood’s formative years of growth into a suburb, and Andrew Van Ness, who founded the reading club that became the Hilton branch of the Maplewood library.
The entrance to Rosedale Cemetery is at 408 Orange Rd., Montclair. Participants will meet at the Chapel at 1:00 p.m. for a brief talk preceding the tour on the grounds, which will involve driving followed by walking on uneven ground. Car-pooling is suggested. Check the Durand-Hedden website or Facebook page, or call 973-763-7712, for directions and updates. The tour is weather permitting, with steady rain cancelling, so please check the web (website, Facebook, and Twitter) that morning if there is doubt. Admission for the event is free; donations are appreciated. The Durand-Hedden House and the Country Store will be closed on May 6. The next program on-site will be Notable Trees of Maplewood, on Sunday June 3.
About Durand-Hedden House and Garden
Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood. For more information or to arrange group tours call 973-763-7712. You can also visit our website at durandhedden.org and find us on Facebook and Twitter.
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