Fort Hill Cemetery
|Established||1851 (Chapel built in 1893)|
19 Fort St, Auburn, New YorkNew York
Fort Hill Cemetery, is a historically significant cemetery located in Auburn, NY. It was incorporated on May 15, 1851 under its official name: "Trustees of the Fort Hill Cemetery Association of Auburn, New York, known for its headstones of notable people such as former Secretary of State William H. Seward, his son, William H. Seward Jr. and humanitarian Harriet Tubman.
The cemetery, which was founded in the mid 19th Century, is built on what was once a fortified village of the Cayuga Indians. The cemetery features a 56 ft (17 m). high limestone obelisk monument to Chief Logan, famed chief of the Iroquois Indians.
The cemetery features headstones of such notable people as:
- Elizabeth Hazelton Haight, a pioneering early female classicist, who worked at Vassar College.
- Myles Walter Keogh, civil war Brevet Lt. Colonel; fell at the Battle of the Little Bighorn with Custer.
- Fannie E. McKinney-Hughey, music teacher who developed the Color-Music method to teach music to children.
- Thomas Mott Osborne, Warden of Sing Sing
- Frances Adeline Seward, wife of William H. Seward and abolitionist
- William H. Seward, New York Governor, Senator and U.S. Secretary of State
- William H. Seward Jr., banker and brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War
- Harriet Tubman, who is resting on Fort Hill Cemetery's "West Lawn C", beneath a large tree with two small bushes on each side of her headstone
- Martha Coffin Wright, feminist, abolitionist, and signatory of the Declaration of Sentiments.
The Bradley Mortuary Chapel (which also serves as the cemetery office and gatehouse) was designed by the architect Julius A. Schweinfurth in a Gothic Revival style and completed in 1893. Julius A. Schweinfurth was a brother and partner to Charles F. Schweinfurth.
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