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More than just a cemetery on the outskirts of town, the Oakwood Cemetery is a ‘show place’ of outdoor sculpture of gravestones, monuments and mausolea. There are more than 60,000 graves, four man-made lakes, a chapel and a crematorium and about 29 miles of roads and pathways for visitors.
Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York; D.Scott Lee 2015
If you are planning a visit to this cemetery you better make some lodging accommodations in Troy. There is certainly plenty to see, including the downtown waterfront along the Hudson River.
The Earl Crematorium and Chapel
Image courtesy of D. Scott Lee, Troy NY 2015
Built in the late 1880s, the Earl Memorial Chapel and Crematorium was financed by William S. Earl, a successful manufacturer in Troy. The building was a tribute to Mr. Earl’s son who was an early promoter of cremation. See Wikipedia
Photo images of Grave Markers, Tombstones, Grave sites, Graveyard Sites, Grave Memorials,
Gravestone photos courtesy of D.Scott Lee.
Wildlife at Oakwood
Photo courtesy of D. Scott Lee; Oakwood 2015
Not every thing has ‘passed away’ at Oakwood Cemetery. This is large cemetery and there is an occasional deer roaming the park.
Notable Burials at Oakwood
6th Great Uncle
Image courtesy of D.Scott Lee; Troy, NY 2015
Samuel Wilson Notable Page, the progenitor of the U.S. Symbol of ‘Uncle Sam’, and his family are buried here at Oakwood Cemetery.
Uncle Sam Memorial courtesy of D.Scott Lee 2015
Troy, New York
Photo courtesy of D. Scott Lee; Troy 2015
Pretty much the ‘land of the Mohicans, Troy was the home of an early Dutch settler by the name of Dirck Van der Heyden. Before the name Troy, it was called Ashley’s Ferry.
Troy was ‘center stage’ during the War of 1812. The regular militia was headed up by Stephen Van Rensselaer. Quartermaster supplies were shipped through Troy. Samuel Wilson and his brother Ebenezer supplied beef to the army from their business in Troy.
Samuel Wilson also owned a brick company. Many of the buildings in Troy are built with Sam’s bricks. Troy became a center for the shipment of meat and produce to Vermont by way of the Hudson River. At one time Troy was one of the most prosperous cities in America.
New England Graveyard
Page Background Image Credits: New England Landscape with Cemetery by George Loring Brown 1862; image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons contributor Botaurus.