Friday, September 2, 2011

A Cameo Role

Fans of actor Jack Nicholson may recognize this vault from the film Ironweed. Part of the movie was filmed in both the Rural Cemetery and neighboring Saint Agnes Cemetery. Though the scene is actually set in the latter, the two cemeteries are used interchangeably.

This vault is set into a hillside just below the western end of the Middle Ridge and overlooks the Townsend family plot along the creek known as Moordenaer's Kill. The vault's carved sandstone cross was dislodged from the roof years ago and the broken remnants of it rest on the vault's steps now. Originally, the vault was guarded by a pair of cast iron lions, but these are long vanished. It was built for John De Peyster Douw.

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