US Radar Survey

Ron LaBarca of US Radar, Inc. in Matawan, New Jersey conducted a ground radar survey of the Hendrickson Burial Ground on June 20-21, 2012. The survey showed surprising findings with 99 burials in the cemetery. Many of these burials were in the central older portion of the cemetery dating from the late 1600s or early 1700s. The destruction of the Hendrickson Burial Ground has made the identification of burials difficult. Using photographs and prior cemetery surveys, the board was able to identify 64 stone grave markers. Many 300-year-old and eighteenth century headstones for early family members did not survive.


 Association of Gravestone Studies

 Monmouth University hosted the Annual Meeting of the Association of Gravestone Studies from June 20-22, 2012. Attendees came from all over the world to the meeting. Art Rittenhouse, the HFANJ Vice-President, gave a presentation on the history of the Hendrickson Cemetery. Meeting attendees spent a half day at the Hendrickson Cemetery to observe the ground radar survey conducted by Ron LaBarca of US Radar, Inc., Matawan, NJ One of the meeting attendees, the well-known film-maker Peter Reigert, began recording a documentary on the destruction of the Hendrickson Cemetery and vandalism at other cemeteries.