Steelmantown Natural Cemetery
*Plot price includes setting of a local field stone. 30% of plot price goes toward maintenance and conservation funds
Preservation Memorial Walk
Help us preserve and protect these precious surroundings by supporting the building of a memorial that will line the entrance of the ecotrail. The stone you purchase may be engraved and the 1' x 1' plot it rests on may be used for the burial of cremated remains.
100% of the proceeds from your $250 donation will go to the purchase and preservation of surrounding land. Steelmantown Cemetery will have a celebration of life dedication ceremony when the walk is completed. We hope the public will participate in this moving tribute to life. (Photo courtesy of Tom Bailey)
Historic Meadow Section Plots
Off trail Plots
For pricing and rules and regulations, please contact us. We will send you a packet of information specific to the cemetery you indicate.
History of Steelmantown Cemetery
Steelmantown Cemetery dates back to the Revolutionary War era, located within Upper Township. When Jack Langley purchased the cemetery at auction in 1957, he began to bury orphans and residents of nearby Woodbine Development Center, a facility serving people with mental and developmental disabilities. When Ed Bixby, a life-long resident of the area with generations of relatives buried in the cemetery, visited the 7.5 acre property in December of 2007, he discovered an overgrown, abused and damaged scene. Contacting Langley, he was greeted with the proposition that Bixby take over care and feeding of the cemetery. The Steelmantown Southern Baptist Church had burned to the ground years before, leaving an opportunity to revitalize the property, revamp the schoolhouse into a chapel, restore the graves that had fallen into disrepair, build trails, and use the remaining space for green burial.
Learn More About Steelmantown Cemetery
The Green Burial Experience by Tanya Kenevich, American Cemetery, June 2011
My father joined an ecosystem at Steelmantown Cemetery by Ann Hoffner, Green Burial Naturally, March 12, 2018
Steelmantown Cemetery, Upper Township, NJ by Thomas A. Parmalee, Green Funeral Service Desk Reference
Steelmantown Has State’s Lone ‘Green’ Cemetery, by Camille Sailer, Cape May County Herald, August 12, 2016
Steelmantown Cemetery Green Burial Preserve by Fertig Funeral Home, YouTube Video
History of the Ten Villages of Upper Township: the village of Steelmantown by Robert F. Holden, Historical Society of Upper Township, The Gazette, July 26, 2017