Friendsof Rhinebeck Cemetery, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization working to promote and optimize the history, design and ecology of the cemeteries under the Town of Rhinebeck’s jurisdiction; Rhinebeck Cemetery on Route 9 and Mill Road, Kirchehoek Cemetery (Wey’s Crossing) on Route 9; and Kerk Hof Cemetery in Rhinecliff. Nestled into the natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley, these gems are rich with national, state and local histories, architectural treasures, natural heritage, and remembrances of the dead.
We exist purely for the benefit of these cemeteries, promoting their beauty and legacy by raising money for restoration, conservation and education efforts – things not included in the Town’s cemetery budget. Current and future projects for the Rhinebeck Cemetery, in particular, include restoration of the stone walls, preservation of the entry gates, repair of historic grave markers, biannual walking tours, establishment of a memorial tree program in support of a comprehensive green plan, and habitat restoration in the newly formed natural burial ground.
Board of Directors
Michel P. Haggerty President
Suzanne Kelly Vice President
Beverly Kane Treasurer
Steven Mann Secretary
Lida Traver-Landy Corresponding Secretary
The Rhinebeck Cemetery
The Rhinebeck Cemetery has three locations. The original or "old" section is located at Route 9 and Mill Road, 1/2 mile south of the Village of Rhinebeck. The "new" section, "Grasmere," is located on Mill Road, just southeast of the original cemetery. Behind “Grasmere” is the recently designated (2014) Natural Burial Grounds. All are non-sectarian.
The Rhinebeck Cemetery is open during daylight hours.
For more information on the Natural Burial Ground or to purchase plots in any of the cemetery sections contact the cemetery caretaker Garry Slater @ (845) 876-3961.
Kirchehoek Cemetery (Wey's Crossing)
Kirchehoeck Cemetery is located at the corner of Route 9 and Wey Road. The cemetery may be visited during daylight hours.
Kerk Hof Cemetery
As an abandoned cemetery, Kerk Hof falls under the care of the Town of Rhinebeck. A NYS Historic Marker, on the west side of Rhinecliff Road, marks the location. The cemetery is situated on private property. Please contact us if you would like to visit.
MAILING ADDRESS Friends of Rhinebeck Cemetery, Inc. P.O. Box 7 Rhinebeck, NY 12572