Lake View Cemetery
Lake View Cemetery is a Not-For-Profit Association with over 160 years of continuous service to the Jamestown, NY, area. In 1858, the citizens of Jamestown realized that they had outgrown the village burial ground (located on the site of the present James Prendergast Library), and needed to make long-range plans for the future burial needs of the fast-growing community. About 37.5 acres (now over 150 acres) were purchased and developed by the Trustees, who were chosen by the people of Jamestown. On October 5, 1859, the cemetery was dedicated with appropriate ceremonies on the grounds, attended by a large portion of the villagers. To date there are more than 45,000 burials in the cemetery, with space for many thousands more.
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Benjamin Franklin Goodrich born in Ripley, NY and married Mary Marvin of Jamestown, NY. The Marvin Family plot includes Mary and Benjamin and three of their children. In 1869, Goodrich purchased the Hudson River Rubber Co. of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. The following year, he moved the company…
Who owns Lake View Cemetery?
The lot owners own the cemetery. The governing body of the cemetery is the Board of Trustees, who are elected by the lot owners. Contrary to popular belief, the cemetery is not owned or operated by the City of Jamestown.
How large is Lake View Cemetery?
There are about 68 acres inside the “fenced-in” area (the area between Buffalo St. and Marvin Parkway), and about 72 acres between Marvin Parkway and the I-86 Expressway. About 63 acres in this area are still undeveloped
How do I locate graves in the cemetery?
Call, email, or stop by our office at 907 Lakeview Avenue. Free maps of the cemetery are available at our office (or see our ‘Maps’ page), along with the free booklet, “Self-Guided Tours of lake View Cemetery”, which also contains a map of the cemetery. We will locate individual graves or family lots on the maps for you, and even personally accompany you to find a grave, if necessary.
How many people are buried at Lake View Cemetery?
About 45,000, with room for many thousands more.
Are dogs or other pets allowed in the cemetery?
No, unless it is a registered Seeing-Eye dog, used for that purpose. You may bring a pet into the cemetery if it is kept in your vehicle as you make a brief visit. Don’t forget that pets cannot handle the high internal temperatures of cars parked in the sun.
When was the first burial?
Corrisande Barrett Lowry was buried August 30, 1859, on Lot 2 of Wildwood Section. This was actually more than one month prior to the dedication of the cemetery (October 5, 1859). At a later date, many of the burials from Jamestown’s earlier burial ground (where the Prendergast Library is now) were transferred here.