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Rockland Cemetery

Nestled on the western slope of the bucolic Hudson Palisades, Rockland Cemetery, established in 1847, is still largely in its natural, prime wooded condition.

Rockland Cemetery was originally established with the vision of becoming a national cemetery for political notables and military heroes. The Cemetery was organized by Eleazar Lord in 1847. He was an author, educator, and first president of the Erie Railroad. Dr. Lord envisioned a cemetery that would become prominent as the final resting place for not only the deceased of the New York City area, but would be a magnet for notables on a national scale. With the foregoing as his plan, Dr. Lord brought his railroad and passengers with it to the little town of Piermont. Almost overnight, the town became a flourishing rail and water hub between New York City and points north and west. The original hamlet of Tappan Landing was renamed Piermont by Dr. Lord.

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