Welcome to Historic Vale Cemetery

vale_entrance001_0.jpgOur mission is to preserve, maintain, and enhance Vale Cemetery, founded in 1857, as a prime example of the 19th Century Rural Cemetery Movement. Originally 100 acres in size, it is now approximately 60 acres and there are about 33,000 grave sites.

Approximately 40 acres were purchased by the City of Schenectady in the 1980s to form Vale Park to the north and west of the present cemetery. The history of this area is literally interred here: Early Dutch settlers; veterans from every war from the Revolution to the currents Middle East wars. Interred here as well are the founders and leaders of Schenectady’s development from a trading post to a center of commerce and industry; artists, poets, writers and distinguished scholars many from Union College; civic leaders; politicians; the “colored,” the poor and probably a few scoundrels.

It has been and continues to be non-denominational and welcomes all who would be buried in its peaceful grounds either in a full burial or as cremated remains.

We maintain excellent burial records that are invaluable to historians and genealogy researchers.

News From Vale

The Vale Urban Farm

Transition Schenectady is partnering with Vale Cemetery to create the...

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Tour Vale - April 6, 2014

The 1st Public Tour of the 2014 season at Vale Cemetery/Park will be on Sunday, April 6th at 2 p.m. Naturalist Amy Reilly Veino will narrate the walk...

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Christmas Wreaths & Newsletter

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As one of only two annual fundraisers, Vale Cemetery is once again offering Holiday Wreaths.

There are two sizes available, 22" and 32" inch and they...

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Clark Adams, Vale’s Superintendent

Clark Adams has served Vale Cemetery for more than 20 years – and as superintendent since 2006.

His family lived in the Vale neighborhood and he...

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The "Dell" at Vale

Vale is developing a green burial section, The Dell at Vale, to accommodate those desiring a natural, simple, back-to-the-elements, final resting place....

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Contact Us

The best way to contact us is via our contact form. Alternatively, email can be sent directly to: vale@valecemetery.org.

Our offices are located at:
907 State St.
Schenectady, NY 12307
(518) 346-0423

Office Hours: 10 am - 4 pm M-F
Emergency: (518) 421-0079

2014 - Upcoming Events

May 4, 2014 - 2:00 pm

June 1, 2014 - 2:00 pm

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Help Vale

Vale Cemetery, Inc. is a 501(c)(13) non-profit and tax-deductible organization dedicated to preserving and maintaining the beauty of Vale.

Please consider volunteering or donating to Vale, we have opportunities to fit any schedule, lifestyle or budget.

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