Historic North Jersey cemetery ‘brutally’ vandalized [PHOTOS]



A historic North Jersey cemetery was brutally vandalized overnight Sunday.

Orchard Street Cemetery in Dover posted an article about the incident on its Facebook page on Monday evening:

“It is a very sad day for Orchard Street Cemetery,” the message begins.

“… The cemetery grounds have been vandalized. Not just lightly, but extremely.

In addition to brutally knocking over nine historic gravestones, the vandal (s) tore up the property’s chrysanthemum bed.

“It was shocking to say the least,” the post continued. “We are angry and we are sad.”

The vandalism occurred between 6 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday.

Orchard Street Cemetery, completely maintained by volunteers, is known to be the site of the graves of prominent families and businessmen in the area, its Facebook page says. Its military graves date back to the Civil War, World War I and World War II.

“We’re in bad shape, folks,” the post read. “We need serious money to rectify this situation. The stones must be straightened out, there is no question of not doing so. It’s just the cost.

Anyone interested in making a donation can send a check to Orchard Street Cemetery, 130 Berry Street, Dover, NJ 07801.

During this time, anyone with information is urged to contact the police.

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