Albany Rural Cemetery

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Albany Rural Cemetery
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Albany Rural Cemetery is located in New York
Albany Rural Cemetery
Albany Rural Cemetery is located in the US
Albany Rural Cemetery
LocationCemetery Ave.
Menands, New York
Coordinates42°42′24″N 73°44′8″W / 42.70667°N 73.73556°W / 42.70667; -73.73556Coordinates: 42°42′24″N 73°44′8″W / 42.70667°N 73.73556°W / 42.70667; -73.73556
Area467 acres (189 ha)
Built1844 (1844)
ArchitectDouglass, Maj. D.B.
Architectural styleQueen Anne
NRHP reference #79001566[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 25, 1979

The Albany Rural Cemetery was established October 7, 1844, in Colonie, New York, just outside the city of Albany, New York. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful, pastoral cemeteries in the United States, at over 400 acres (1.6 km2). Many historical American figures are buried there.[2]

History[edit]

On April 2, 1841, an association was formed to bring the cemetery into being. A committee of the association selected the site on April 20, 1844. The cemetery originally contained 100 acres (0.40 km2). This portion was consecrated October 7, 1844. Daniel D. Barnard delivered the dedication address, which was one of many given at rural cemeteries across the northeast in the years from Justice Joseph Story's address at Mount Auburn Cemetery in 1831 to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in 1863.[3] The first interment was made in May, 1845.[4] Located near the entrance is the Louis Menand House.

David Bates Douglass, a military and civilian engineer, working in the capacity as a consulting architect, designed the landscape layout of Albany Rural Cemetery, between 1845–1846. He modeled his design of the Albany Rural Cemetery, as well as his subsequent and final one, Mount Hermon Cemetery, in a rural area outside of Quebec City, Canada, upon his first design, the highly acclaimed Green-Wood Cemetery, in what at the time was a rural section of Brooklyn.[5] All three of Douglass' garden cemeteries have been conferred a historic status, by their respective jurisdictions.

In 1868, bodies from other cemeteries were removed and reinterred in Albany Rural Cemetery.[4]

Notable burials[edit]

Grave of President Chester A. Arthur

Commemorations[edit]

  • Philip Schuyler - A 36-foot (11 m)-high doric column at Lot 2, Section 29 commemorates General Philip Schuyler, major general in the Continental Army, delegate to the Continental Congress, one of the first two United States senators elected from New York, and descendant of Philip Pieterse Schuyler.
  • Two monuments within this cemetery incorporate works in bronze by the sculptor Oscar Lenz. Lenz created The Angel of The Resurrection and frieze on the Parsons family monument, as well as the relief of a seated warrior receiving a bouquet of poppies from the Angel of Death on George Porter Hilton's mausoleum.[14]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2016-05-01.[permanent dead link] Note: This includes Elizabeth Spencer-Ralph (July 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Albany Rural Cemetery" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-05-01. and Accompanying photographs
  3. ^ Alfred L. Brophy, "These Great and Beautiful Republics of the Dead": Public Constitutionalism and the Antebellum Cemetery
  4. ^ a b Howell, George Rogers & Tenney, Jonathan (Eds.) (1886). Bi-centennial History of Albany: History of the County of Albany, N.Y., from 1609 to 1886. New York: W. W. Munsell & Co. p. 645. Google Book Search. Retrieved on October 4, 2010.
  5. ^ Cox, Rob S.; Heslip, Philip; LaPlant, Katie D. (July 2017) [1812]. "Finding aid for David Bates Douglass Papers, 1812—1873" (1,191 items). M-1390, M-2294, M-2418, M-2668, M-5038, M-6083. David Bates Douglass. Ann Arbor: Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan. Retrieved 2018-11-02. Returning to engineering and consulting work, Douglass laid out the Albany Rural Cemetery in 1845-46 and the Protestant cemetery in Quebec in 1848, both in the style of Greenwood Cemetery. In August 1848, he moved to Geneva College (now Hobart)...
  6. ^ Cremated by Pierce Bros. Westwood. Ashes buried in the Daniel Shaw lot, sec. 34, lot 11, Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany, NY., Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Locations 11069-11070). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition.
  7. ^ Sec. 15, lot 136, Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany, NY., Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Locations 19113-19114). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition.
  8. ^ Sec. 62, lot 94, Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany, NY., Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Locations 30001-30002). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition.
  9. ^ "Margaret "Peggy" Schuyler Van Rensselaer (1758 - 1801) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  10. ^ Van Tuyl lot, sec. 122, lot 11, Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany, NY., Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Location 44790). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition.
  11. ^ B., Mel (December 22, 1997). Ebby: The Man Who Sponsored Bill W. (5th ed.). Hazelden. ISBN 156838162X.
  12. ^ Grondahl, Paul. "These Exalted Acres - Unlocking the Secrets of Albany Rural Cemetery". timesunion.com. Times Union. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  13. ^ Marked by a spire, corner lot, sec. 109, lot 1, Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany, NY., Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Location 50058). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition.
  14. ^ "ALBANY RURAL CEMETERY". Bella Morte (www.bellamorte.net). Retrieved 30 December 2015.

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