We will visit The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery on Saturday 16 August. They are having a live Shakespeare performance of “Pericles" at 7 pm. We can see live Shakespeare on a nice summer evening, surrounded by 350 years of history and nature.
They have a small bar with refreshments and snacks available for donation. Please bring cash, as they do not have an ATM or credit card machine. They suggest wearing shoes (not sandals for instance), since the ground is uneven and brushy in places. They have folding chairs, but bring a blanket if you prefer to lounge on the turf. They will also have bug-spray, to keep those Jersey mosquitos away!
We will arrive a bit earlier for a late afternoon tour. This will include visiting inside an underground Bunker from the War of 1812 on the property.
They also have a little herd of GOATS at the Cemetery. They are there for the summer, then they go back home to their farm for the winter. We can meet, pet, & feed these cute little guys, who are doing a special eco project of eradicating invasive weeds!
From their website: "The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery is a National Treasure. Prior to the creation of the Cemetery in 1829, it's historical significance dates back to the 1700's as the site of Revolutionary War skirmishes, and an active Ammunition Bunker during the War of 1812 that still stands proudly on our grounds. Now the sacred eternal resting place of thousands of soldiers from the Revolutionary & Civil Wars, the War of 1812, the Spanish-American War, WWI and II, forward, as well as home to our earliest Jersey City founders, leaders, residents and legends. With its 200 year old English Ivy adorning many of the towering trees, and the monumental works of art, this 6-acre sanctuary of peace and unique history is one of the most beautiful natural settings in Jersey City. Sadly neglected and abandoned in early 2008, the Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery is now being saved and preserved by the dedicated efforts of a newly formed volunteer Board of Trustees, a hard-working group of volunteers, and a supportive Community who are committed to the restoration of the historic cemetery grounds, caretaker house, and historic monuments."
If you're coming from New York City, take the Path train to the Journal Square station. Take escalator up, but not all the way to the street. Go to the cafe/ newstand level, and follow signs to the Summit Avenue exit. You will see the Dunkin Donuts. We will walk from there to the cemetery.
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