Vault Hill Cemetery - Bronx, Bronx County, New York

Date: March 20,2001

Cemetery: Vault Hill
Established: 1600s
Street: Van Cortlandt Park
City: Bronx, New York
County: Bronx County
State: New York
Nation: United States
Nearby: Inside Van Cortlandt Park east of Broadway at about 252st
Reached by: Crossing property-public
Location: Rural-woods
Land: Hillside
Water: No
Sign: Yes
Land Type: Public
Access: Open
Surrounded by: Wall
Gate: Non-locking
Status: Abandoned
Size: Small
Unmarked graves: Yes
Markers: None
Gravestones: part of one and concrete slab covering vault
Broken gravestones: Yes
Toppled gravestones: No
Buried gravestones: Unsure
Removed Gravestones: Yes
Weather problems: Unknown
Pollution problems: Unknown
Oldest grave: unknown
Newest grave: unknown
Records: Unsure
Inventory: Unsure
Records location:
Condition: Cemetery destroyed
Vandalized: Yes
Police report:
VA: Broken gravestones
VA: Stolen gravestones
VA: Graffiti
VA: Graves desecrated
Vegetation: None
Problem: Apathy
Problem: Disintegrating Headstones
Work Status: Cemetery cleaned
Owner: City
Use: Recreational
Bordering: Recreational
Change: Same
Visited: Unknown
Previous contacts: Dept of Parks NYC
Other information

Vault Hill is a burial vault cut into a hill. It is the final resting place of members of the Van Cortlandts ( a early New York family) The vault itself figures into American history. It is said that the records of New York City were hidden inside the vault from the British during the revolution by Augustus Van Cortlandt.

Submitted By:
name: Anthony D. Pisciotta
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