A new page focusing on the Potter’s Field section of the Church Grounds has been added to the blog. It can be accessed by the link below or from the main menu at the top of the page.
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The Church Grounds are located at the western edge of the Cemetery, near the end of the high Middle Ridge and adjacent to the Beth Emmeth Cemetery. It is identified on maps such as the downloadable PDF map above as Section 49.In the past, the easiest driving route to the Grounds was the Middle Ridge Road which begins opposite the Chapel and Crematorium. The Church Grounds are on the left just beyond the end of that road. However, downed trees and a partial hill collapse on the north side of the Middle Ridge just west of the Burden vault have resulted in this entire road being closed to cars (though it is still very accessible on foot). The best current route by car is to follow the North Ridge Road to its western end, turn left, follow the road down through a hollow, and look for the Church Grounds on the right hand side as the road comes back up out of this hollow. Because most markers in the Grounds are flat, look for the taller Teunis Van Vechtan monument shown below.
This afternoon, an informational meeting was held at the Albany Public Library to discuss the reburial of skeletons discovered near the Schuyler Flatts. The remains are of fourteen people who were undoubtedly slaves owned by the Schuyler family from the early 18th to early 19th centuries. The speaker was Paul Stewart of the Underground Railroad History Project; representatives from the New York State Museum, St. Agnes’ Roman Catholic Cemetery, and Albany Rural Cemetery were present, along with the Town of Colonie’s historian.
Some background information on the discovery of the skeletons and proposals for reburial were discussed. Continue reading
Welcome to a new blog focusing on the Church Grounds section of the historic Albany Rural Cemetery.
If you’ve come here from one of my existing blogs or social media profiles, you might know that I’ve been working on a book about the Albany Rural Cemetery. In the course of my research for the book, I’ve been increasingly fascinated by an area known as the Church Grounds.
It’s not the Cemetery’s most spectacular areas, but this unassuming field of headstones has become one of my favorites and one that will have its own chapter in my book.
This section contains graves moved from other resting places; primarily the State Street Burying Grounds, but including headstones from even older churchyards with some of the earliest stones dating back to the 1720s.
These stones are old and many have already weathered to illegibility, but those than can be read are a treasure trove of local history and it is my goal to document as much of the Church Grounds as possible.
This project is in its earliest stages as we begin 2012, but I will be updating this blog with photos, articles, and other findings as the project progress.
For more information, please see the menu above the banner and select About or The Project.
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