First Presbyterian Church of Sparta Cemetery, Sparta, NJ

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I lived in New Jersey for for almost sixteen years before I moved to the DC area. I went to the First Presbyterian Church once with my friend Liz in 2003(?).  I attended the Institute for Spiritual Development once during my metaphysical church attendance phase/spurt/when it was convenient to attend metachurch in 2011-2012.  I started exploring cemeteries in 2010 with my spiritual mother Vicki, and I moved to Virginia in 2012.  All of this exposition is to say that in all those years, I never went to the cemetery closest to my parents’ house in Byram (been to plenty of other New Jersey cemeteries, though).

first presbyterian church cemetery sparta new jersey | cemetery spelunking
I want to believe…

Fun fact, this cemetery is either misplaced or entirely unlabeled on Google maps.  My dad dropped off TC and me by the Lake Mohawk boardwalk, and we walked up Main Street in Sparta.  We were walking by Cafe Pierrot and the Institute for Spiritual Development when TC asked me if I had been to the cemetery up on the hill behind ISD.  We crossed the street and started exploring!

Like most Christian cemeteries, this one is oriented so that the people are buried “facing” the east, ready for the Rapture.  Mid-afternoon visit means shooting into the sun.

first presbyterian church cemetery sparta new jersey | cemetery spelunking

Gobles everywhere!  The Goble Funeral Home is on the Main Street side of the cemetery, how convenient.

first presbyterian church cemetery sparta new jersey | cemetery spelunking

I think these are the original Byrams for which Byram Township is named.

first presbyterian church cemetery sparta new jersey | cemetery spelunking

Still keeps accurate time.

first presbyterian church cemetery sparta new jersey | cemetery spelunking

There might be a rotting coffin in there, TC.

first presbyterian church cemetery sparta new jersey | cemetery spelunking

first presbyterian church cemetery sparta new jersey | cemetery spelunking

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