Take a Tour
Every fall, Fairview Cemetery hosts an annual arboretum walking tour, highlighting some of the 99 cataloged species of trees which reside within the Cemetery grounds. Led by Dr. Tom Ombrello, professor of Biology at Union County College, the tour is open to the community and is free to the
In 2002 Dr. Ombrello, along with his students worked diligently to catalogue and inventory 60 species within the cemetery grounds. This work enabled the cemetery to apply for and receive arboretum status, having been accepted as a member of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental conservation. In 2017 the number of cataloged species was increased to a total of 99. At the turn of the century, the Cemetery saw many changes and significant development as the City Beautiful movement – a time when governments and private individuals took an increasing interest in cemetery and park planning – took hold in Union County.
The Union County Park system was laid out by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, famous park planners of the day. Fairview's design and street scape mimicked the same design philosophy as fashioned by the Olmsted Brothers. Historically, cemeteries have been places of beauty and nature and offer
respite and quietude to its neighbors. Few cemeteries also qualify as an Arboretum, a distinction which Fairview can claim.
Fairview Cemetery was organized on January 13, 1868 under the statutes of the state of NJ and the grounds were dedicated in that same year on September 24th. Fairview will be observing its 150th anniversary in 2018 and the Board of Trustees are currently planning events to commemorate the milestone that will be open to the community.