The Ithaca City Cemetery is not only the final resting place for significant figures in New York State and American history, but it also epitomizes the changing cemetery aesthetic that reflected cultural shifts in the community it served, as well as the country at-large. To research a possible burial in the Ithaca City Cemetery try these websites:

The Friends of Ithaca City Cemetery (FICC) is an affiliate of Historic Ithaca, Inc. dedicated to preserving and promoting the history, landscape and enjoyment of Ithaca’s oldest cemetery. FICC received a 2017 “Pride of Ownership” Award given by the City of Ithaca and the Rotary Club of Ithaca. FICC along with HI hosts multiple volunteer clean-ups. These clean-up events are geared to preserving this picturesque landscape and preserve the stones for future generations. 


Interested in becoming a friend of Ithaca City Cemetery? Contact

Christine O’Malley at (607) 273-6633 or email


Tree Tour in the Ithaca City Cemetery

Join City of Ithaca Forester Jeanne Grace for a tree tour in the historic Ithaca City Cemetery. Learn about the new arboretum status of the cemetery and how to identify trees in this attractive green space. Please meet at the main entrance gates on University Avenue. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a water bottle. A hat, sunscreen and bug spray are recommended.

When: Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 11am 

(tour is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes long)


Fee: $5 per person (pay at start of tour)

Where: Tour meets at the main entrance to the Ithaca City Cemetery on University Avenue

Memorial Day Cleanup in the Ithaca City Cemetery


Calling all volunteers! Join us in the Ithaca City Cemetery for our annual Memorial Day Cleanup and help us collect trash, pick up branches, clean gravestones, and other tasks. Please wear closed toe shoes and bring gloves, a hat, a water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray. Please meet at the main entrance of the Ithaca City Cemetery on University Avenue. If there are thunderstorms or heavy rain, the cleanup will not take place.


When: Monday, May 30, 2022 at 9:30am - 12:30pm