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Welcome to

New Paltz Rural Cemetery


With its scenic view of the Shawangunk Mountains to the west, the cemetery is unique in providing solace to those paying respects to loved ones as well as for others who enjoy walking, jogging, or just as a place of respite.

A Brief History

The New Paltz Rural Cemetery was formally chartered on February 18, 1861. At that time, the founders recognized the tradition of burial in small family cemeteries or adjacent to houses of worship was fading. In addition, the War Between the States was underway, causing a staggering loss of lives, requiring more burial space. The founders purchased this beautiful site consisting of twenty acres on Rural Avenue (now Plains Road), and in subsequent years, two additional purchases brought the total area to about 32 acres.


Today, our cemetery is a not-for-profit 501(c) corporation. An elected volunteer Board of Trustees provides oversight, sets policy, and is committed to maintaining and improving this very unique and historical site. Over 7,500 New Paltz area residents have been interred in our non-denominational cemetery. Our services have always been available to people of all faiths and all walks of life.

2023 Events








The cost to sponsor a single wreath is $15. 

To download the Wreaths Across America order form,

click on the file below

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, wreath-laying ceremonies are held at Arlington National Cemetery and 1,600 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states. The New Paltz Rural Cemetery is one of those locations.  Our goal is to place wreaths on the graves of the 1,000 veterans buried at our cemetery. 


You can also sponsor a wreath online:

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13th Annual
Day of Reverence
On Day of Reverence, people of various cultures throughout the world gather at the burial sites of their loved ones to celebrate their lives.  Please join us at the New Paltz Rural Cemetery on this day of remembrance.

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There will be live music, flowers and decorations to adorn the gravesites and share memories of your beloved family and friends.  This year, thanks to generous donations, a Mariachi band, "Mariachi Viva Mexico," will play from 1:30-2:30. All are invited.  There is no charge for the event.  


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