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
  • A tree with white flowers blooming in the spring, surrounded by green grass. A path lined with tall trees through the cemetery is in the background.

    March 27, 2023

    Free Tree Pruning & Root Collar Tips Demonstration

    Kensico Cemetery is offering a free Tree Pruning and Root Collar Tips Demonstration at the Cemetery on Saturday, April 22 from 9:30AM to 11AM. Home gardeners, landscapers---anyone responsible for tree care---will learn why pruning is important, when to prune, and how to use pruning tools. Tips will be offered on soil preparation, planting, mulching, [...]


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