Children’s Memorial

The Museum, as steward of the Edgartown Lighthouse, has created the Children’s Memorial to memorialize children who have died. We believe it is the only one of its kind available for children of all ages everywhere. 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 2020 Children’s Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, September 19th at 1:00 pm at the Edgartown Lighthouse to honor all of the children whose names are a part of the Memorial. The rain date for this event is September 26th.

A number of new names were added to the Memorial in the fall of 2019. For a list of the new names, click here. For a complete list of names currently honored by the Memorial, download the Children’s Memorial Directory. The list includes location of the stone by quadrant and number as defined on the Children’s Memorial Map, available for download.