History of the NYQM Cemetery
Situated on one of the highest points in Brooklyn, the Quaker Burial Ground began in 1849 (before Prospect Park was created) when nine acres of undeveloped farmland were purchased from four non-Quaker landowners. The cemetery is located on what was the border between the city of Brooklyn and the town of Flatbush. In the next several years, additional land was purchased, resulting in roughly 12 acres, although the original size may have been larger.
Access to the cemetery
Access to Friends Cemetery can be arranged by contacting one of the committee members (see below), or by calling the cemetery telephone (646) 580-9147.
Your call will be returned within 24 hours. If you are unable to contact the cemetery or any committee member, Quarterly Meeting Office (212) 777-8866 can assist you.
The cemetery is also open to visitors from the Quarterly Meeting on Open Saturdays from 1PM to 4 PM, usually the first Saturday May through October. The days for 2017 are as follows: May 6, June 3, July 8, August 5, September 9, and October 7
Who is eligible for burial?
Members and former members of New York Quarterly Meeting (NYQM), their spouses, children and their spouses, and grandchildren are eligible for burial, or scattering of ashes. On rare occasions, others may be buried with Cemetery Committee approval.
Members of the Cemetery Committee can be of assistance with many of the routine tasks with which a family may be presented. These include planning a visit to the cemetery, choosing a burial plot, helping to decide details of burial, choosing clothing, helping to contact a funeral director or the Quarterly Meeting, or just providing companionship at a difficult time.
The cemetery is a resource that requires continuing care and concern. In order to protect it for ourselves and future generations, Friends who use the cemetery may wish to contribute to the Cemetery Endowment Fund, a separate endowment fund held by the Quarterly Meeting.