South Amboy’s Christ Church Crypt
I would like to first thank Kurt Kvist and Thomas Shipley Thomas for their recent guided tour of historic Christ Church in South Amboy. Christ Church has been a fixture in South Amboy since it was founded and built by the Stevens Family in 1858. It was the first church built in South Amboy and is possibly the oldest building in South Amboy.
Among the many things Kurt and Ship showed us on the tour was the crypt which is located in the basement of the church. Presently there are nine people, eight adults and one child, all members of the Stevens Family including Commodore Thomas Conover, eternally resting in the crypt. Since an expansion to the church building, sometime within the last 100 years since the last person was interned in the crypt in 1914, it is now quite an ordeal getting into the crypt area. The stairs have been built over and the only way in now is through a very small trap door and down a rickety wooden ladder. There is actually no present way to bring anyone else into the crypt for internment so the remaining 8 ½ available slots will likely remain unused for the duration.
More images of the crypt can be found on the Christ Church web site.