Since the establishment of the Bridgeport Cemetery through the acquisition and consolidation of property in 1939, some 35 additional acres of land have been obtained for the purpose of expansion. More than half of this acreage has been developed. The remainder is being held in reserve for future development. On the basis of an average of 1,000 grave sites per acre, it is estimated that the space still available within the present boundaries of the cemetery is sufficient to meet the anticipated requirements of the next 150 years.
A unique feature of the Bridgeport Cemetery is the new Jewish Memorial Cemetery Section (#19 on map), which was formally dedicated at an appropriate ceremony held on Memorial Day, May 30th, 1961. This was the first Jewish burial ground to be established in West Virginia. Located on a beautiful knoll, it is comprised of 512 grave sites divided into two sections, one the Orthodox Burial Section and the other the Nontraditional Section. Only persons professing the Jewish faith or members of their immediate families may become licensees with the right to be interred in this ground. The offer to provide space for this needed facility was made by the Bridgeport Cemetery Committee in accordance with the wishes of the late Michael L. Benedum, who had dies in 1959, and was gratefully accepted by the Jewish community.