Riverview Cemetery
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
First Cemetery in Delaware to Qualify on its own Merit

      Mailing Address:
      Friends of Historic Riverview Cemetery
      P.O. Box 2173
      Wilmington, Delaware 19899
      Phone: (302) 762-4705

         Physical Location:
         Riverview Cemetery
         3300 North Market Street
         Wilmington, Delaware
         Phone: (302) 762-4705


( Latest Update: August 4, 2014 )

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   Riverview Cemetery   



     Riverview Cemetery, a Victorian garden cemetery, opened in 1872 and consists of 42 acres on both sides of Market Street in Wilmington, Delaware.  It was founded by a coalition of 18 fraternal lodges of the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  There are 36,000 people interred here with space for another 20,000 burials.

    Riverview Cemetery's mission has always been to provide a dignified and affordable final resting place for loved ones regardless of social, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds.

     In recent years, the conditions at Riverview Cemetery deteriorated.   That is changing as the "Friends of Historic Riverview Cemetery" are cleaning up the cemetery in hopes of restoring it to its original glory!




|   Current Newsletter   |   Cemetery Map   |   Join FHRC   |    Links of Interest   |   Cemetery Facts   |


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Please note the following fees associated with Cemetery Operations:

Purchase of New Plot   -   $1,000.00 - (single or double depth)

Burial ( casket or cremains )   -   $500.00

Headstone, Grave Marker, Monument Placement   -   $75.00
      ( Headstone Fee waived for government-provided, military gravestones )

Genealogy Look Up:  "Click Here" for request form.


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      On or about July 15, 2014, Riverview Cemetery was vandalized.   Approximately 70 grave markers were pushed over.   Below is a listing of markers we have been able to identify so far.   Some of the markers were pushed on their face so we cannot determine the names as the markers weigh from 100 to 1,000 pounds.   Please review the list and if you are family or you know family members, please contact us.


Surname
First Names
Section
Lot
  BERRY
 
 
 
  BLACK   Colbert M.
D
136
  BOWERS   John S. & Margaret
D
138
  BOYCE   Lancy
B
48
  BULLOCK   Lewis & Emeline
D
87
  CLAYTON   
 
 
  CLIFTON   Maude
A
139
  CLOUD   
 
 
  COONEY   
 
 
  DAVIS   Thomas, Dorothy R., Thomas & Martina
D
49
  DIGIACOMO   Anthony & Helen
A
139
  FOUNTAIN   William
A
187
  GARVIN   Estelle
D
28
  GEROW   K. Marie
D
77
  GLASCO   Edward & Laura
D
16
  GREEN   James
D
 
  HEROLD   Arthur, Carl, Emma
D
405
  JOHNSON   Vaughn G.
D
250
  KEECH   Raymond & Margaret
D
195
  KETTLEWOOD   Lawrence, Mary, Walter
D
85
  KNOX   Sewell & Elsie A.
D
191
  LEWIS   
 
 
  LLOYD   Harry & Elizabeth
A
187
  LOFLAND   Asa
D
16
  LOOMIS   Cheney T.
D
132
  MAHONEY   Cecil
 
 


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Monthly Project:   Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 9:00 - 12:00

Project: ( 9:00 to 12:00 )

Meet at the public mausoleum on the west side of Market Street.

The project will be cutting low hanging tree branches, and removal of vines on fence and trees on the west side between Washington & Market Streets.

Food Bank:
FHRC continues supporting Delaware's campaign 'Share a Second Helping" - a food drive with the goal of collecting 100,000 pounds of food.   Please bring cans of soup, beans, tuna, pasta, cereal, peanut butter.   Food will be delivered to a local food cupboard at the end of our project.

" Last month’s donations were delivered to Brandywine Community United Methodist Church by our long time FHRC volunteer Belvia Koger who helps with their food ministry!   Brandywine appreciated the donation as their supplies were totally depleted. "


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" Riverview Cemetery is starting a Garden Club and all are welcomed! "


Garden Club:   Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:30 - 10:30

Meet at the public Mausoleum.

We will meet at the public Mausoleum on the 4th Saturday each month beginning August 23 – 8:30am – 10:30am.   Bring your gloves, gardening tools, and knee pads to join us as we weed, plant, and beautify the gardens of Riverview!

" For a full schedule thru November, and plans for activities, for the new Garden Club ":    " Click Here "


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( Volunteer Certificates for Students are available upon request for all activities ! )

      There are a wide range of interesting family-friendly outdoor projects available.  "Corporate and School ‘team building groups’ are welcome!"  Please contact:  Lee Anderson 1-610-388-1920 or email:  drleeanderson@aol.com for project details.

      Friends of Historic Riverview Cemetery provide drinks and snacks.  Participant certificates are available on request.  The Friends of Historic Riverview Cemetery exist to support the restoration and preservation of Wilmington’s most culturally diverse, non-profit public cemetery.


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We invite you to check out our links noted below:

" Our past and current newsletters "

" Riverview Cemetery Facts "

" Riverview Cemetery placed on Historic National Register! "

" The Story Of Our Baby Garden! "

" Veterans Interred in Riverview " - - ( List currently being worked on.... incomplete )

" People of Interest Interred in Riverview " - - ( List currently being worked on.... incomplete )

" Delaware Community Foundation " - ( make donations to Riverview Cemetery and many others )

" Timestone Press " - ( A book by Dr. Lee Anderson on Riverview Cemetery and the personal memories of those interred there )

" Delaware Soldiers & Sailors who Gave Their All during World War II " - ( Statewide listing )


Awards Presented:

" 2011 Greenspace Challenge Winner - Awarded by City "

" 2011 Key Partner Award Recipients "

" 2010 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for Community Service - Dr. Lee Anderson "

" 2010 Good Neighbor Award Recipients "


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     We invite you to join the "Friends of Historic Riverview Cemetery".   We believe that together we can restore and preserve this historic and much-loved cemetery.   For a form please click on the option of your choice below:

"Click Here" for Word Format

"Click Here" for PDF Format

You can also join or get more info by emailing: riverviewfriends@gmail.com


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The Riverview Cemetery website was created and is maintained by:
Russ Pickett
Page Last Updated:  August 4, 2014