Oakwood Cemetery (Syracuse, New York)
Oakwood Cemetery - 1909
|Location||940 Comstock Avenue
Syracuse, New York, United States
|Area||160 acres (65 ha)|
|NRHP reference #||91000522|
|Added to NRHP||May 9, 1991|
Oakwood Cemetery is a 160-acre (65 ha) historic cemetery located in Syracuse, New York. It was designed by Howard Daniels and built in 1859. Oakwood Cemetery was created during a time period in the nineteenth century when the rural cemetery was becoming a distinct landscape type, and is a good example of this kind of landscape architecture.
The original 92 acres (37 ha) included about 60 acres (24 ha) of dense oak forest with pine, ash, hickory and maple. A crew of 60 laborers without large-scale earth moving equipment thinned and grouped the trees; today there are many 150-year-old specimens. Students of SUNY-ESF and Syracuse University, whose campuses are adjacent to Oakwood, can regularly be seen in the cemetery for instruction on plant species, capturing insect specimens, cemetery studies, or mammal surveys.
Oakwood was an immediate success after its dedication in November 1859. Thousands of visitors led to the establishment of omnibus service directly to the cemetery gates. Additions to the original acreage were laid out in a manner sympathetic to the original design.
Notable interments at Oakwood Cemetery include:
- Charles Andrews (1827-1918), Chief Judge of the NY Court of Appeals
- Edward Gayer Andrews (1825-1907), a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church
- Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901), 19th century clergyman and author
- Union Major General Henry A. Barnum (1833-1892), recipient of the Medal of Honor
- Stephen D. Dillaye (1820-1884), politician, lawyer, journalist
- Herbert H. Franklin (1866-1956), American automobile magnate, businessman and industrialist
- Amos P. Granger (1789-1866), became a General following the War of 1812
- John A. Green, a Utica native who served as Brigadier General in the Civil War
- William Jervis Hough (1795-1869), attorney, a General in the New York Militia of Cazenovia, 8th Cavalry Regiment, and a Representative in the United States Congress
- Jesse Truesdell Peck (1811-1883), a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church and founder of Syracuse University
- Joseph Lyman Silsbee (1848-1913), architect
- Lyman Cornelius Smith (1850-1910), American industrialist
- Union Major General Edwin Vose Sumner (1797-1863)
- Comfort Tyler (1764-1827), early pioneer in Syracuse, New York
- Ernest Lynn Waldorf (1876-1943), American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church
Oakwood Cemetery Syracuse, New York
Dedication Valley Syracuse, New York
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Pyramid memorial to Comfort Tyler
Art Deco bronze door, mausoleum of Charles Edward Crouse
Memorial to Major Gen. E. V. Sumner & wife
- Rural Cemetery Act (1847), New York State Legislature
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Shades of Oakwood". Shadesofoakdale.com, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
- Walts, Gary (8 September 2016). "Look inside Oakwood Cemetery's mortuary chapel in Syracuse". Syracuse.com. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
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