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Property Name Dale Cemetery
Reference Number 13000500
State New York
County Westchester
Town Ossining
Street Address 104 Havell Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/17/2013
Areas of Significance Social History, Landscape Architecture, Funerary Art
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The Dale Cemetery Association was established and the property acquired in 1851 to address the growth of Ossining, New York. It is significant under Criteria A in the area of social history as a record of persons and events important to the history Ossining and its surrounding communities. Additionally, the cemetery is significant under Criteria C in the areas of landscape architecture and funerary art as an example of a midnineteenth century cemetery laid out and planned in the tradition of the rural cemetery movement, designed by successful architect and landscape designer Howard Daniels, and containing significant funerary art from 1851 to 1963. A significant degree of Danielss plan is intact and changes made to the plan, both within and outside the period of significance, do not distract from the cemeterys park-like setting. The plans survival is evident in its network of winding paths, stone walls and steps, and its large variety of deciduous and evergreen trees. Contributing resources include Danielss plan, stone walls lining the cemetery and entrance, a set of entrance gates, a caretakers cottage, two vaults, and five mausoleums. The markers and burial plots that make up the historic site include fine examples from the period, from simple sandstone headstones, elaborate granite and marble markers and monuments, statuaries and mausoleums for prominent families. Much of the cut stone and marble used to create Dales funerary art was created at the nearby Sing Sing prison. With over twelve hundred interments, Dale Cemetery offers the opportunity to witness the shifting trends in burial practices, which includes the more somber memorial park movement that occurred after the World Wars. A period of significance has been set from 1851, the cemeterys date of incorporation, to 1963, through which time Dale continued to use Howard Danielss original plan.


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