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Property Name Meetinghouse Green Road Cemetery
Reference Number 13000357
State New York
County Herkimer
Town Meetinghouse Green
Street Address Cross Road and Meeting House Rd.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 6/5/2013
Areas of Significance EXPLORATION/SETTLEMENT
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000357.pdf
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The Meetinghouse Green Road cemetery is historically significant as a surviving assemblage of resources that chronicle the settlement, growth and development of the town of Winfield. The families buried in the cemetery are among the earliest European settlers of the area, settling in the region as early as the 1790s. The initial settlement of these families is reflective of the trend of New England Revolutionary War veterans settling central NY during the immediate post-war period. The nominated Meetinghouse Green Road Cemetery was established alongside a 1799 Congregational Church that might have anchored a typical New England Green common-space if the Great Western Turnpike had not drawn concentrated settlement farther south in the town. It is the oldest established Cemetery in the town and contains the graves of many of the town's earliest settlers. The cemetery continued to be used until the mid-twentieth century representing changing burial practices from the settlement era to contemporary times. Gravestones and epitaphs chronicle several families' connection to the area during the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries and provide genealogical and biographical information that is not available in other sources. The cemetery is being nominated concurrently with the neighboring Brace Farm, but under a separate context and boundary.

 

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