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Historic Vale Cemetery

Interred here 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.

Vale 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.

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Thriving Into the 21st Century

Vale Cemetery, founded in 1857, is a prime example of the 19th Century Rural Cemetery Movement. Approximately 60 acres in size, with about 33,000 grave sites, Vale Cemetery 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.

Still moving forward, Vale Cemetery recently received accreditation by the Green Burial Council. Vale is only the sixth site in New York state to receive such accreditation.

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Help Support Vale

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

You can also help Vale by purchasing a Holiday themed Memorial Wreath.

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All About Vale

Vale Cemetery, a product of the Rural Cemetery Movement, was dedicated in October of 1857. With more than 33,000 people interred Vale continues to serve the community today.

Learn more about Vale's history, search our records or find out how you can help Vale.

Cemetery Services

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Vale has plenty of room and continues to provide affordable internment and creation services.

We also provide green burials, one of only seven cemeteries in NY state.

Please contact us to discuss how we can meet your needs.

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.