Here's How to Find the Grave of Clement Clarke Moore, Author of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

The grave of Clement Clarke Moore at Trinity Church Cemetery
The grave of Clement Clarke Moore at Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum.

In pre-pandemic times, the annual reading of Clement Clarke Moore's poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Church of the Intercession in Harlem was always followed by a visit to the author's grave across the street.

While a simple reading of the poem did take place at the church this past weekend, the lanterned procession to Moore's final resting place at the Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum—complete with caroling and wreath-laying—was put on hold.

Still, that doesn't mean you can't visit Moore's grave on your own.

The cemetery is open daily from 9am to 4pm and can be accessed through the pedestrian gate at 770 Riverside Drive near W 153rd Street.

Look for Moore's grave down a small hill close to the western edge. Better yet, use the cemetery's excellent self-guided map to pinpoint the exact location (it's number 2 on the guide).

Make sure to wear sturdy footwear—a stroll through this historic graveyard can at times feel like a romp through the woods.

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