The Last

Unknown graves in Happy Valley Pioneer Cemetery, off Britton Road west of the North Branch Little Salmon River, Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area, Oswego County, New York. In the 1800s, this area was home to a hamlet called Happy Valley. Little remains of this once thriving community. During the Great Depression, the government bought up foreclosed farms to form the basis of this game reserve.

This small cemetery is hidden in the woods down a side trial. The graves are marked with simple stones, and there are no visible markings to indicate who is buried there. There appear to be approximately ten burials, although some of these could be headstones and footstones. Two square granite stones marked with single letters may be boundary or lot markers.


About the author Michael Kleen

Michael Kleen is an author, raconteur, and occasional traveler. He has a M.A. in History and M.S. in Education. He enjoys studying military history, folklore, and philosophy.

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