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Property Name Quogue Cemetery
Reference Number 13000914
State New York
County Suffolk
Town Quogue
Street Address 58 Lamb Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name Historic Cemeteries of the Town of Southampton, 1640-1930
Status Listed 12/11/2013
Areas of Significance Settlement, Funerary Art, Social History
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The Quogue Cemetery, which was laid out c. 1750, is historically significant as a representative example of settlement period burying ground associated with the early spread of communities throughout the Town of Southampton. The cemetery is significant under Criterion A in the area of settlement and social history for its association with the Quogue Purchase (1659), one of the Southampton proprietors first major land acquisitions after founding their plantation in 1640, and for the significant individuals buried at the site during its period of significance. The cemetery, which is active and privately owned, was established in the mid-eighteenth century and preserves historically significant grave monuments associated with Quogues founding settlers and their descendants. The cemetery is additionally significant under Criterion C in the area of funerary art as a site that contains excellent examples of preserved materials, iconography, and craftsmanship associated with early styles of gravestone carving. One of the oldest surviving headstones in the Quogue Cemetery is that of Jonathan Cook, who died on March 7, 1754. Cooks grave is marked by a tall sandstone monument, handsomely carved, that typifies the funerary art of the period. Jonathan Cook was one of several large landowners in Quogues early period; his gravestone and others like it representing the Cooper, Herrick, Howell, Post and Rogers families characterize the significant colonial era distribution of the original Southampton colony, which began as a concentrated settlement of eight miles square in 1640.


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