The Museum, as steward of the Edgartown Lighthouse, created the Children’s Memorial in 2001 to memorialize children who have left us too soon. People from all over the world have embraced the Memorial and aided in its development. The lighthouse is a working lighthouse illuminating the darkness and the children in the Memorial every night. It seems very appropriate that the children’s’ memory shine forth with that beacon.
Families can have their child’s name carved into a granite cobblestone and placed permanently into the foundation of the lighthouse. The blocks are laid parallel to the shoreline in a pattern echoing the rhythm of the waves, marked by compass points. It is the Museum’s hope that the child’s name will be seen in the context of eternity. If you would like to add a name to the Memorial, click here.
The 2022 Children’s Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, September 17th at 1pm. The rain date for this event is September 24th.
55 new stones were added to the Memorial in 2021.
To view the directory map, click here. Please note, the map recently underwent a complete audit. Although no stones were moved, they may have a different number following the audit than they previously did. If you have any questions, please contact Savannah Berryman-Moore.