The Vanderbilt Family: Moravian Cemetery
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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