The Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery is a Hudson Valley landmark of approximately one hundred and fifty acres located on the east bank of the majestic Hudson River and we are the “Friends” of this beautiful site. We were organized in 2003 at the time of the cemetery’s 150th anniversary celebration. In that commemorative journal is a piece titled “This Is A Cemetery”. No author is listed, but we are grateful to the unknown writer who created this tribute”THIS IS A CEMETERY”
Lives are commemorated – deaths are recorded – families are reunited – memories are made tangible – and love is undisguised. This is a cemetery.
Communities accord respect, families bestow reverence, historians seek information and our heritage is thereby enriched.
Testimonies of devotion, pride and remembrance are carved in stone to pay warm tribute to accomplishments and to the life – not death – of a loved one. The cemetery is a homeland for family memorials that are a sustaining source of comfort to the living.
A cemetery is a history of people – a perpetual record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery exists because every life is worth loving and remembering – always.