About Cemetery Locust Valley Cemetery is a private, non-denominational memorial that began with a unique plan over 100 years ago. Rather than the usual rows of marble and granite, the Cemetery's 19th century founders conceived of a sanctuary more like a woodland garden. To realize that vision, they commissioned the Olmsted family, renowned architects of Central Park, to design its grounds. In 1917, Locust Valley Cemetery was incorporated, and a perpetual care fund was established to preserve its natural beauty. Today, that fund is still supported by proceeds from every sale, assuring that this woodland haven will always receive the care and attention it has in the past.