Frequently Asked Questions
Q. - How large is Lake View Cemetery?
A. - There are about 68 acres inside the "fenced-in" area (the area between Buffalo St. and Marvin Parkway), and about 72 acres between Marvin Parkway and the I-86 Expressway. About 63 acres in this area are still undeveloped.
Q. - When was the first burial?
A. - Corrisande Barrett Lowry was buried August 30, 1859, on Lot 2 of Wildwood Section. This was actually more than one month prior to the dedication of the cemetery (October 5, 1859). At a later date, many of the burials from Jamestown's earlier burial ground (where the Prendergast Library is now) were transferred here.
Q. - How many people are buried at Lake View Cemetery?
A. - About 44,000, with room for many thousands more.
Q. - When is the cemetery open?
A. - The grounds are open everyday: 7:30 - 4:30 (Winter hours - November - April)
7:30 - 8:30 (Summer hours - April - November)
Call the Office (716-665-3206) or check signs at any gate to confirm hours.
The Office is open: Weekdays 8:30 - 5:00 (Closed Noon - 1:00 PM)
Saturday 8:30 - Noon
Q. - How do I locate graves in the cemetery?
A. - Call, email, or stop by our office at 907 Lakeview Avenue. Free maps of the cemetery are available at our office (or see our 'Maps' page), along with the free booklet, "Self-Guided Tours of lake View Cemetery", which also contains a map of the cemetery. We will locate individual graves or family lots on the maps for you, and even personally accompany you to find a grave, if necessary.
Q. - Are dogs or other pets allowed in the cemetery?
A. - No, unless it is a registered Seeing-Eye dog, used for that purpose. You may bring a pet into the cemetery if it is kept in your vehicle as you make a brief visit. Don't forget that pets cannot handle the high internal temperatures of cars parked in the sun.