Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Notable Residents of St. John's Memorial Cemetery

Above and below are some of the prominent residents of St. John's Church Memorial Cemetery in Laurel Hollow. Above, Otto H. Kahn, owner of 'Oheka' in Cold Spring Harbor.

My personal favorite, Henry Lewis Stimson, Secretary of State under the Hoover Administration and Secretary of War under Taft and more importantly under F.D.R. for the duration of World War II, owner of 'Highold' in West Hills.

Walter Jennings, owner of 'Burrwood' in Lloyd Harbor.

George Brewster, owner of 'Fairleigh' in Brookville.

Benjamin Moore, owner of 'Chelsea' in Muttontown.

George Whitney and Martha Bacon Whitney, owners of 'Home Acres' in Old Westbury.

John A. Garver, owner of 'Wrexleigh' in Oyster Bay Cove.


Anonymous said...

Otto Kahn. I would have thought he was not Christian. Just goes to show, never assume.
Great postings Zach.
Does St. John's in Lattingtown have a cemetery too? I would imagine some heavy hitter's buried there too, if so.

Zach L. said...

Otto Kahn was Jewish for most of his life.

Anonymous said...

I tagged a few LIGC plots at Woodlawn in the Bronx -

VisualNotes said...

So I'm confused... Kahn converted to Christianity? When/why? He seemed to be proud of his Jewish faith almost to the point of flaunting it despite being a social outcast- I.E. his massive house on the highest point on the island, financing the Met, etc. What gives? Any info?

Zach L. said...

My best suggestion is to get your hands on a copy of 'Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York' by Stephen Birmingham.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I am intrigued. I read Birmingham's 'Real lace', years ago and I remember thinking it was very thorough. Sounds like a great book.

lil' gay boy said...

A lovely spot for all eternity; what are the visitation restrictions, if any? Almost as peaceful as the Pratt Family Mausoleum on Old Tappan Road.

Ancient, many tombs have been sealed for longer than that; our family has two open ground plots that predate the Civil War. Plenty of room left for us po' folks...

They've also opened up some new mausoleums near that fabulous entry gate.

The Memorial Day festivities are quite lovely, but you just don't see the same level of social activity of the late 1800's that the Olmsted Brothers designed it for ––– no more picnickers and very few Sunday strollers.

Anonymous said...

My G-grandmother is buried at Woodlawn (1934)..I haven't been, yet, ever to visit her.Must do that. Maybe there's room for me too?

Zach L. said... apologies for the extremely delayed response...but there are no visitation restrictions that I am aware of. Just drive in, park alongside the house and have yourself a tour. The most notable people are towards the Cove Road end but the entire place is well worth exploring.

Ray Hughes said...

You need not be Christian to be buried there. William S. Paley was Jewish and is interred there.