Children’s Memorial

Photo by Denys Wortman

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 2020 Children’s Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, September 19th. The traditional ceremony is turning into a day of remembrance with families invited to visit from 11am to 2pm. The rain date for this event is September 26th. Directories and programs will be available, light music will be played, and families will be invited to place flowers on the memorial stones.

43 new stones were added to the Memorial in 2020.

For a list of the names added in Spring 2020, click here.
For a list of the names added in Fall 2020, click here.
For a complete list of names in the Children’s Memorial, click here.
For a directory map with quadrants and locations, click here.



We hope you enjoy this introductory video created in place of a traditional ceremony this year. We look forward to gathering in our traditional way in 2021.