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Bitter Veils of Solemnity

Monument to the Rindge family in Cortland Rural Cemetery, 110 Tompkins Street, Cortland, Cortland County, New York. Four open books and four headstones mark the final resting place of Celeste (1840-1919), Henry D. (1839-1908), Lena (1870-1918), and Stella B. (1867-1936) Rindge. It looks like something was written in each book, but the lettering was unfortunately faded beyond comprehension. This is among the neatest family plots I’ve ever seen.

Cortland Rural Cemetery was established in 1853 and contains the remains of over 18,000 departed residents. Its drive is lined with wonderfully informative interpretive signs with information about prominent burials, interesting monuments, and the materials from which those monuments were made.

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Illusion’s Play

Headstone for Edward LeRoy Tabler (1840-1866) in Aux Sable Cemetery, on Brown Road south of E. Shady Oaks Road, Minooka, Grundy County, Illinois. Edward served in Company K, 51st Illinois Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. The 51st Illinois was in Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard’s IV Corps in the Union Army of the Cumberland during the Atlanta Campaign. Edward survived the war, only to get kicked in the head by a mule and die at the age of 25.

Aux Sable is a quaint, garden-like cemetery tucked in the woods near Aux Sable Creek. The nearby town of Minooka was platted in 1852, so the cemetery probably dates back to that time. Despite an otherwise mundane existence, it continues to be an incubator for ghost stories. The most notable concerns the ghost of a young girl that has been seen lurking around the cemetery. A remote cemetery, hidden from prying eyes and a favorite drinking spot for teens, was a natural incubator for such rumors.

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Requiem

Abandoned gatekeeper’s office and house in Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Avenue, next to Syracuse University, in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. There is very little information online about this building, however, I’ve read it was designed by H. Q. French and Co. and built circa 1927.

Oakwood Cemetery was designed by landscape architect Howard Daniels and opened in 1859. It is a secular Victorian “rural” or “garden” style cemetery where over 60,000 people are interred in 160 wooded acres.

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Silence of the Passed

Headstone for Nellie Hogan Gray (1861-1880) in Oakwood Cemetery, 50 101st Street, Troy, Rensselaer County, New York. Nellie was the wife of George W. Gray and died at the age of 19, however, she is not buried with her spouse. The inscription reads:

Loving wife you left me here alone
without a friend my sorrow to condole
If in Heaven’s bliss we meet once more
with you I will stay and hurt never more

“Condole” means to express sympathy with a person who is suffering sorrow, misfortune, or grief.

This 300-acre cemetery was established in 1848 and designed in rural style. It offers a beautiful view of the Hudson Valley and contains the remains of over 16,000 people, including Samuel “Uncle Sam” Wilson.

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Fallen

Headstone for Earl S. Kingman (1890-1895) in Cortland Rural Cemetery, 110 Tompkins Street, Cortland, Cortland County, New York. Earl was the only son of Mary and Mahlon Kingman. He died of whooping cough at the age of four.

Cortland Rural Cemetery was established in 1853 and contains the remains of over 18,000 departed residents. Its drive is lined with wonderfully informative interpretive signs with information about prominent burials, interesting monuments, and the materials from which those monuments were made.

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