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Property Name Old Hartwick Village Cemetery
Reference Number 13000611
State New York
County Otsego
Town Hartwick
Street Address 2862 CR 11
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/20/2013
Areas of Significance Social History, Settlement
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The Old Hartwick Village Cemetery (a.k.a. Robinson Cemetery) is significant for its association with the early settlement and growth of the hamlet of Hartwick and as an intact and representative example of an early community cemetery in the area of central New York State settled soon after the American Revolution by New England outmigrants. As such, it provides important information about the lives of hamlet residents from the earliest period through its major period of use at the end of the nineteenth century. The cemetery was in use by the late 1790s, when the plot was set aside as the main location for burying residents of the developing hamlet of Hartwick, located about one-half mile farther north on CR 11, and nearby farms. The largest proportion of burials dates from the 1820s through the early 1860s. With the opening of a new cemetery adjacent to the north side of the hamlet by the late 1860s, this cemetery gradually went out of use by 1900, although there are a few later burials. Gravemarkers exhibit motifs typical of those used in the first half of the nineteenth century, including willow trees, and urns, and corners are embellished with simple compass-scribed motifs, such as stars and invected corners. Later square-headed stones, almost all weathered marble examples, and a few individual and family obelisks mark graves dating through the 1880s. There are also a few turn-of-the-century granite memorials. The Old Hartwick Village Cemetery is among the earliest community burying grounds in the Town of Hartwick and in much of Otsego County; thus it provides important information about the regions first settlers. This cemetery is nominated in conjunction with the Hartwick Historic District, which encompasses much of the nearby hamlet. Although hamlet and cemetery have an intimate historic relationship, they are not proximate physically; thus, the cemetery is nominated individually.


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