The Vanderbilt Family: Moravian Cemetery

September 6th, 2008

Cornelius Vanderbilt, the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family, is estimated to of been worth 167.4 billion dollars in 2008 dollars. He accomplished his wealth through his ferry and railroad empire. He was born in Staten Island, New York. He dropped out of school at the age of eleven and by the age of sixteen, he started his own ferry business by ferrying passengers between Staten Island and Manhattan. Today, the Staten Island Ferry is one of the primary sources of transportation for people looking to travel between the two great boroughs. Later, he developed an interest in railroads and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how profitable his businesses were because his net worth explains it all.

Cornelius and seven other Vanderbilts are buried at Moravian Cemetery in Staten Island, New York. It is the largest cemetery in Staten Island. In the 19th century, the Vanderbilts gifted this famous cemetery over twelve acres of land. Today, Moravian Cemetery has 113 acres of land.

The Vanderbilts are buried in the Vanderbilt tomb in Moravian Cemetery. It is the largest private tomb in the United States. As you approach the back of the cemetery, you will come across the Vanderbilt tomb gate, which had to of been locked and stood-upright due to the death of a woman. The gate had fallen on her, causing her death. The path to the tomb is a 1/5-mile drive after passing the gate.

The Vanderbilt tomb’s gate is said to be haunted. Besides the death of the woman, whenever someone takes a picture in front of it, it is said that people in the picture disappear or unknown people appear. There have been a number of freak accident deaths that have occurred at the Vanderbilt tomb. It has also been said that if you bring flowers to the tomb, you will be chased and even grabbed at by a ghost in a gray suit.

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  1. Athalon
    November 1st, 2010 at 23:58 | #1

    I’ve tried pics and evp recordings at both gates with no luck. You can peek under the bottom of the doors and see another set of doors. When I flash my light under it, you hear a few bangs echo against some thing. Nothing more. I also see something blues and red stored by the front.looks like a container. I also tried climbing the building to se if there was an opening but as I did so, breaking bottles where heard down in the grass area. After rushing to see, we saw nothing and heard no one. Stange happenings but nothing successful to report.

    I’d like to do an evp session within…

  2. Kristen
    March 21st, 2011 at 11:18 | #2

    So.. I have been trying to find out how to get to the tomb for years… I’ve lived in Staten Island my whole life yet still cant figure it out. If some1 can give me an idea as to how to get in it would be greatly appreciated =)


  3. ed
    August 5th, 2011 at 05:40 | #3

    there is alot to explain people that see and feel are paranormal y in tuned and receptive towards it i want to find the tomb and possibly investigate it

  4. Tomas
    February 25th, 2013 at 19:49 | #4

    To get to the tomb u enter through the green belt trail, from there follow the trail till u reacha fork in the road. Go right and then you follow the trail to the ranger station then u make a left then follow then cut off the trail down the hill and then you you will reach a stone wall, follow the wall till u are able to hop it then you will be in a large field right in front of the tomb with a beautiful view of the harbor, what a final resting place.

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