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Local Nonprofit Going Above and Beyond to Restore Historic Swayze Mill Cemetery in Hope Twp.

Photos by Parashoot Productions, Hope, NJ

HOPE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) –  Restorations are underway at the historic Swayze Cemetery located in Hope, thanks to a nonprofit organization called, “Friends of Swayze, Inc.” 

The group’s mission is to help restore, repair, and rebuild the iconic cemetery.

President of Friends of Swayze Inc., Roberty May, says the process will be clean, nontoxic, and non-invasive to help get rid of years of grit and grime…as the cemetery dates back to 1774.

Photos by Parashoot Productions, Hope, NJ

May says, “When we first started working on the project, the cemetery had not been mowed or taken care of in a number of years.” He also hopes to have the final restoration to be completed by the year 2024.

“That year will be the 250th year of the death of Israel Swayze, the first person entered into the cemetery,” explains May. “So, it feels like a fitting tribute to have it all done by then.”

Photos by Parashoot Productions, Hope, NJ

On their website, Friends of Swayze says their main goal is to educate locals about the importance of the Swayze Cemetery influence from the 1700s to the 1800s. 

Donations can be made by sending a check to Friends of Swayze Inc. At P.O. Box 101 Hope, NJ 07844. The link to the address can also be found by clicking HERE.

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By: Callie Wickkiser & Katie Moriarty

Katie Moriarty

A Jersey Girl through and through, Katie Moriarty’s interest in broadcasting began while attending Centenary University. Hailing from a showbiz family, she met a prominent TV news anchor, while backstage at BB King’s Blues Club in New York City. She had the privilege of two college internships at Fox News Channel, and upon graduation was hired as a Production Assistant in the FNC newsroom.

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