Hancock Cemetery

45 Ridgedale Ave * Florham Park * NJ 07932 Dawn to Dusk

When Methodist minister Reverend John Hancock died, his will stipulated that the Hancock family cemetery (created in 1849) be open to the public. By then, Hancock was a well-known member of the State Legislature and credited as the “father” of Methodism in this area. Six generations of Hancocks are buried here, along with 500 early Florham Park settlers (many of whom helped establish Madison’s Methodist Church and Drew Theological Seminary). The cemetery is located on a small hill west of the Hancock House and historic cider mill.

Reverend John Hancock built the Hancock House in 1802, when he first purchased four acres along Ridgedale Avenue. Eventually, his property grew to a 100-acre family farm. The Hancocks went on to start a popular broom business and later on, produced apple cider and vinegar.

Of Special Note:
• The Hancock Cemetery is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places
• Future Hancocks produced sparkling apple champagne – until the town went dry in 1871


Morris County, located 30 miles west of NYC, is home to some of America’s most important history and culture just waiting for you to explore. Start by walking in the footsteps of Revolutionary icons such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, then pick apples right off the tree at one of our verdant farms and end your day having a delicious dinner; discover how to make my weekend Morris County!
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: 973-631-5151
Leslie Bensley Photo of Jane Joe Executive Director at Morris County Tourism Bureau
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
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