Guided Walking Tour of St. Stephens Cemetery

Date: 
Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: 
St. Stephens Cemetery--Opposite Millburn High School

On Sunday, October 16, 2011 (rain date is October 30) St. Stephen’s Church is pleased to offer a tour of its historic cemetery, which is located on eight acres of land donated to the church in 1858. The donor was Israel Dodd Condit, whose gravesite is on the tour.   In 1853 the cornerstone was laid for the beautiful and historic St. Stephen's Church on Main Street in Millburn and in July of 1855 the church was consecrated. As there had been no other house of worship in the village of 600 Millburn residents, the new church was enthusiastically embraced by those residents. The congregation began with 40-50 members and soon increased to one hundred and twenty.   In 2011, that beautiful, historic house of worship sustained hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of damage from flooding due to Hurricane Irene. In spite of the tremendous financial burden the church must now shoulder for repairs, they are not asking for an entry fee to the exciting upcoming cemetery tour. Attendees are welcome to make a donation to the church, however, at the end of the tour. Please help this beautiful church rebuild their history and enjoy some of that history at the same time.   Everyone who attended the first St. Stephen's guided cemetery tour in 2008 heard exiting attendees say the same thing over and over: "Wow! That was wonderful" and it was. Impersonators at select graves in the lovely cemetery brought to life again some of the famous people who are interred there. The 2011 tour will introduce guests to more of the renowned personalities who can be found there.     Tours will leave the cemetery gate every fifteen minutes between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Each tour will be led by a guide and will visit twelve gravesites and make one stop in the mausoleum. At each site an impersonator will speak for the person buried there. Included on the tour are figures who played vital roles in the founding and development of Millburn Township: a Civil War chaplain, a colorful policeman, the conductor of the New Jersey State Opera, opera singers, a fighter pilot, a Broadway actress, and a Depression-era bishop of the Diocese of Newark.   Tours take about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. Much of the walking is not on paved roads, so comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.   The entrance to St. Stephen's Cemetery is at 451 Millburn Avenue, across from Millburn High School. Parking is along Millburn Avenue. For more information call 973-467-9847.