Hanover Township Landmark Commission

1000 NJ-10 * Hanover * NJ 07981 973-428-2500

The Whippany Burying Yard on Route 10, established in 1718, is the oldest cemetery in northern New Jersey. There are eleven revolutionary soldiers, some soldiers who fought in the Civil War and people from prominent families in what was the original Hanover Township. Among the citizens buried there are Colonel Joseph Tuttle, commander of the Morris County Militia, and Abraham Kitchel, an early settler, and both original judges of Morris County. The burying yard has been recognized on the State and National Registers of Historic Places and was established as a “Township Designated Landmark Site.”

One of the main duties of the Hanover Landmark Commission is to restore and/or repair gravestones, an ongoing job. Other activities include the placing of plaques on significant sites and buildings (9 at present), the producing of a brochure which illustrates a tour of the burying yard, displaying changing exhibits in the Municipal Building showcasing important organizations and/or activities in Hanover Township, and conducting seminars to educate the children and adults of Hanover Township. Two seminars have already taken place with a third upcoming to celebrate the Tercentennial of the local Iron Forge.

Download the Whippany Burying Yard self-guided walking tour

Of Special Note:

  • Hanover is also a Silver Certified Sustainable Jersey town
  • The area was the first settlement in Morris County nearly 300 years ago


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
973-631-5151 lbensley@morristourism.org