In 1889, at a time when cemeteries in New York City were reaching full capacity, the Kensico Cemetery founders sought to establish a cemetery consistent with the new, rural concept of the time. A 250-acre tract of farmland located in the hamlet of Valhalla in Westchester County was carefully selected, approved for use as a cemetery, and developed to take advantage of the natural features of the landscape. Roads were designed to curve gradually and gracefully through the valleys and over hills, creating a spacious, tranquil, pastoral place where loved ones could be buried and remembered for eternity.

Kensico is committed to a standard of excellence set by over a century of service and care.

Throughout its more than 100 years of history, Kensico has responded to the needs and preferences of lot owners: the Community Mausoleum was built in 1924 to offer above-ground burials; Sharon Gardens was established in 1953 as a special section dedicated for families of the Jewish faith; monument and memorial park areas were created to provide more options to the public; Angel’s Rest was developed to memorialize the burial of infants, and, most recently, the Garden Mausoleum at Montross Pond was built as an above-ground, open-air mausoleum with available crypts and niches.

Pathway with mausoleums surrounded by trees with leaves changing color for autumn
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  • Kensico Cemetery Mausoleum overlooking the lake

    June 9, 2022

    Kensico Cemetery Dedicates Garden Mausoleum

    Kensico Cemetery dedicated the Garden Mausoleum at Montross Pond on Tuesday, May 24 to celebrate and commemorate the first construction for above-ground burials at Kensico Cemetery in almost one hundred years. Attended by former Kensico presidents, board members, current employees and retirees, officials from other cemeteries, and special guests, the program included remarks by those [...]

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