37 E. Springtown Rd. Long Valley, NJ 07853 (Morris County) | Phone 908.876.3596
37 E. Springtown Rd. Long Valley, NJ 07853 (Morris County) | Phone 908.876.3596

The Cemetery Keeper’s Wife

by Maryann McFadden

This book by a local author is set in Hackettstown, particularly at Union Cemetery on Mountain Avenue. Newly married Rachel Miller moves to Union Cemetery with her husband, the 7th generation cemetery keeper. Rachel is fascinated by a large monument to Tillie Smith, who died in 1886 defending her honor. The quest to find out more about Tillie Smith becomes an obsession with Rachel, especially when events in her life seem to parallel those of Tillie. The story alternates between the current day and 1886. It’s neat to read about places in Hackettstown that are mentioned in the book and how they appeared in 1886. The story is interesting, but it is not a page turner.

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