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Oakwood Cemetery, Troy

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Oakwood Cemetery is a nonsectarian rural cemetery in northeastern Troy, New York, United States. It operates under the direction of the Troy Cemetery Association, a non-profit board of directors that deals strictly with the operation of the cemetery. It was established in 1848 in response to the growing rural cemetery movement in New England and went into service in 1850. The cemetery was designed by architect John C. Sidney and underwent its greatest development in the late 19th century under superintendent John Boetcher, who incorporated rare foliage and a clear landscape design strategy. Oakwood was the fourth rural cemetery opened in New York and its governing body was the first rural cemetery association created in the state.
It features four man-made lakes, two residential structures, a chapel, a crematorium, 24 mausolea, and about 60,000 graves, and has about 29mi of roads. It is known both for its dense foliage and rolling lawns, and has historically been used as a public park by Lansingburgh and Troy residents. Oakwood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
Prominent Americans such as Uncle Sam Wilson, Russell Sage, and Emma Willard, at least fourteen members of the United States House of Representatives, and the founders of both Troy and Lansingburgh are buried at Oakwood. The cemetery has been said to be "one of New York State's most distinguished and well-preserved nineteenth-century rural cemeteries." It also offers a famous panoramic view of the Hudson River Valley that is said to be the "most concentrated and complete overview of American history anywhere in America".
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  • Great cemetery to walk and tour, as strange as that may sound. There is a lot of history throughout and it was interesting to tour.  more »
  • Beautiful location right off the he highway- rt. 7! It has many sections of older and newer resting areas and multiple war veterans. Most people come here to see the USA 🇺🇸 most iconic symbol...  more »
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  • Beautiful grounds. Take one of their tours. Many historic monuments. In the days before income taxes, the Titans of Troy's industries spared little expense on their memorials.
  • We went to the Oakwood Cemetery Daffodil Brunch for the first time yesterday and it was a completely wonderful experience. For a mere $20 per person, we got to see the magnificent church with it's breathtakingly beautiful architecture and stained glass windows. The brunch paled in comparison to the awesomeness of the church itself but it was totally excellent nonetheless as were the staff managing the event. We ate heartily and enjoyed Mimosas and Bellini's. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the grounds via the antique cars that were lined up to take us around, so we don't know if the thousands of daffodils advertised were in bloom but we did see daffodils in bloom by the church. We will definitely return next year to do this again.

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