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Property Name Rockville Cemetery and Bristol and Mexico Monument
Reference Number 15000801
State New York
County Nassau
Town Lynbrook
Street Address 45 Merrick Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 11/16/2015
Areas of Significance Exploration / Settlement, Maritime History, Ethnic Heritage / Irish American
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The Rockville Cemetery is locally significant under Criterion A for its association with the early settlement of Near Rockaway, a region which eventually developed into the villages of Lynbrook, Rockville Centre, and East Rockaway. The site is an early settlement cemetery that became a primary burying ground for communities in Near Rockaway for over two hundred years. A Methodist church (no longer extant) was established on the land in 1791; a churchyard cemetery developed soon afterward and the first burial dates to 1799. As a small crossroads community developed around the church and cemetery in the early 19th century, the small settlement cemetery grew into one of Near Rockaway's primary burying grounds. Community leaders, including the founders of Lynbrook and Rockville Centre, and generations of prominent families are all interred in the cemetery. Rockville Cemetery retains its historic settlement-era landscape, and the site of the Methodist church (1791-1912) remains evident.

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