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  • Abby Brenker

St. Joachim's Old Cemetery in Beacon, NY

In December 2022 I had the pleasure of visiting some friends in Beacon, New York. They were gracious enough to bring us to several historic cemeteries in town. My absolute favorite thing to do.


While I was trying to research this cemetery after our visit, I realized there is a St. Joachim's Cemetery and also St. Joachim's Old Cemetery.


The Old Cemetery was opened in 1866, but the land was purchased the year before in 1865 by James Coyle. Coyle was the first Pastor of St. Joachim's Catholic Church. The land previously belonged to James and Mary Jones. The first person to be buried here was Ignatius Cooley on February 16th 1866, he was 32 at the time of his death.



When you walk around, you realize there are many Priests and other religious leaders buried here. Including Rev. Peter McCourt and Sister Mary Alpheus Coffey, S.C.


It is no longer an active cemetery for new burials, but it is still open to the public for visitation. If you'd like to visit, you can head to 60 Falconer Street. Though it may be easier to head to the corner of Grove Street and DePuyster Street in Beacon, NY.


You can also visit St. Joachim's New Cemetery in Beacon at 325 Washington Avenue.

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