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Garden Cemeteries of Albany & Troy

Friday, October 18
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A spring scene at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy. Courtesy of Oakwood Cemetery.

In the lead up to Halloween, we will be exploring another dimension of the built environment — cemeteries.  We’ll trek beyond the Blue Line to experience two beautiful, historic garden cemeteries in Albany and Troy. In the mid-nineteenth century, cemetery design took a picturesque form, with tree-lined, meandering paths, stonework, and curated plantings—these cemeteries were meant to be appreciated with a walk or carriage ride.

Bill Bruce, AARCH member and cemetery board member, will lead us through our first stop, the Albany Rural Cemetery. Founded in 1841, the cemetery is home to the resting places of many famous Adirondack names, including the Pruyns of Santanoni and Ebenezer Emmons, the geologist who named the Adirondack Mountains. We will also take a look at the historic redstone chapel designed by Robert Gibson in 1884. From there, we travel to the prominent hilltop garden cemetery and National Historic Landmark, Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, founded in 1848.

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The interior of the 1884 chapel at Albany Rural Cemetery, which was designed by Robert Gibson.

 

This tour is led by Albany Rural Cemetery board (and AARCH) member, Bill Bruce, and members of the Troy Cemetery Association, Inc.

The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m.

FEE: $45 for members and $55 for non-members. This tour will include about three miles of walking.

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