Category Archives: Cemeteries

Old Town’s Notable Residents

One of my favorite burial grounds/cemeteries is the Old Town Cemetery in the city of Newburgh. One of the many reasons it is a favorite destination is because of the notable people interred within its bounds. Two such notables are congressmen, Thomas McKissock and Jonathan Fisk. McKissock was born in Montgomery, New York on April 17, 1790. [...]

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The Curious Case of Pvt. David L. Wells

There is an interesting headstone in the Pine Bush Cemetery in Rochester, N.Y. on Route 209. If you are not looking for it, you will definitely miss it. It is unassuming, and partially overshadowed by the gas station next door. A closer look  reveals a remarkable story and the Civil War solider who lived it. His name was [...]

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A Note to Our Readers

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Finally, Help for Old Burial Grounds

NEW PALTZ, NY (August 21, 2015) – On September 19 – 20, Historic Huguenot will host a two-day Gravestone Preservation Workshop in its historic 17th century burial ground led by monuments conservator, preservationist, and teacher Jonathan Appell, founder of the New England Cemetery Service. The goal of this hands-on training workshop is to educate attendees on [...]

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Cemetery Tour Brings to Life Notable Figures of the Past


NEWBURGH, NY – Within the City of Newburgh’s historic district and around the corner from Washington’s Headquarters is the remarkable St. George’s Cemetery. Established in 1838, this burial ground that overlooks the Hudson River is filled with stories once lived by those interred, from the American Revolution through the present. Both the Newburgh Historical Society [...]

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St. George’s of Newburgh

There is a frequently overlooked historic cemetery in Newburgh named St. George’s Cemetery. This cemetery, founded by the Dr. Rev. John Brown in 1838, “is bound by Washington, Federal, South William, and Clark Streets,” in the historic East End of the City of Newburgh. It was created in part because more burial plots were needed [...]

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“This Place Matters” Along the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway

A fun and easy way to promote favorite sites along the New York State Route 97 Upper Delaware Scenic Byway is by bringing the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “This Place Matters” campaign to the local level. The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway parallels the western border of Sullivan County, along a scenic 70-mile stretch of the [...]

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One Grave at a Time

  Recently old, sometimes forgotten, cemeteries and burial grounds have received renewed attention by not only historians, but local civic groups. One such cemetery is the Old Town Cemetery situated between Grand, Liberty, and South Streets. It is over 200 years old and has borne witness to an ever-changing Newburgh, from a sleepy village to [...]

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West Point Cadets Assist in Cleanup at Historic Newburgh Cemetery


The morning dew had not yet evaporated from the ground when I began my stroll through Newburgh’s historic St. George’s Cemetery. It was a beautiful morning, the sky was a deep blue and within this 7.5 acre cemetery surrounded by a city, the air seemed clearer. It smelled and felt like an April Saturday should; [...]

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Old Maps: Rossville, Savill and Savilton

Old maps have many stories to tell, and help to provide clues to the life in hamlets and neighborhoods that have been lost to time. Maps such as those in the 1875 F.W. Beers & Co. Atlas, for example, show the location of stores, churches, schools and residences in areas that today are unrecognizable as having [...]

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