Children’s Memorial


The Museum, as the steward of the Edgartown Lighthouse, created the Children’s Memorial in 2001 to memorialize children who 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.

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 2024 Children’s Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, September 14th at 1:00pm.

For a complete list of names in the Children’s Memorial, click here. List updated June 2024

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 email