Riverdale Cemetery Association

Lewiston, New York

Some History

Riverdale Cemetery sits on the former Colt Family Farm. Isaac Colt came from Sussex, NJ in 1809 bringing his wife and six children. During the War of 1812, he was wounded and left the area with his family. Along with many other settlers, he returned in 1815.

In 1896, The Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg Railroad Co. had a station at the cemetery for funeral trains. The rate for a funeral train was $5 a car from the city.

The house, now main office was built in 1932 of stones hauled over from Niagara's Gorge.

John Shuman was the first interment at Riverdale Cemetery. He was laid to rest on October 4, 1896.

Riverdale Cemetery has three (3) Veteran Sections. Veterans from all wars since WWI are interred in these designated areas.

Join us on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11am for a Memorial Day Ceremony. Refreshments will be served and a wreath placed in their honor.


Famous Interments:

Joseph Kesselring: American playwright best known for Arsenic and Old Lace, a hit on Broadway from 1939-1944 and other countries as well. In 1980, the National Arts Club created the Joseph Kesselring Prize for up-and-coming playwrights.

Polly King: Painter and sketcher who embraced many styles from classicism to impressionism to abstraction. Her work is in many private collections including celebrities and has been hung in the offices of Robert Kennedy and Mario Como.

Frederick Ernest Toy: Indian Campaigns Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Toy served as a Captain in the US Army. He received this honor for his action on December 29, 1890 at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota.

James Samuel Simmons: Served as chairman to the Republican Committee in 1907-1908. Simmons was elected as a Republican to the 61st and 62nd US Congress (1909-1913).