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CORTLAND'S FIRST "RURAL" CEMETERY

In early winter of 1853, an association was formed to purchase land and establish a cemetery on what was then the western edge of the village of Cortland. (See official charter document.) Beginning with twelve acres, and initially accepting re-burials of over 800 early settlers of Cortland County from nearby smaller burial grounds and churchyard cemeteries, the Cortland Rural Cemetery today memorializes the remains of 18,000 people (roughly the present living population of the City of Cortland) in a centrally located 50-acre park.

    Over the last century and a half, the cemetery's gentle hills and lush greenery have manifested and continued the original concept of the "garden" cemetery ~ which became popular in the mid-1800s. The concept valued openness and rusticity, welcoming families to visit and remember those they had lost.

   Cortland Rural Cemetery is a historic cemetery where monuments honor humble and great citizens alike. Visitors may see the graves of the last Upstate Governor of New York, Nathan Miller; the graves of veterans of all American wars, including that of Brigadier-General Joseph Reynolds, who served in the War of 1812 and Colonel Andrew J. Grover, who died at Gettysburg; and the grave of Dr. Julia Spalding, who arrived in Cortland in 1883 as one of the nation's earliest women doctors.

LEARN EVEN MORE ABOUT OUR HISTORY: Check out our Buried Treasures column!

NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE

Here are back issues of our newsletters, rich with historical perspectives on the Cortland Rural Cemetery ~ and information on the ongoing successes and challenges of operating this beautiful, complex entity in today's world.

Newsletter archive

 

 

  • Fall 2023

  • Spring 2023

  • Fall 2022

  • Spring 2022

  • Fall 2021

  • Spring 2021

  • Fall 2020

  • Spring 2020

  • Fall 2019

  • Spring 2019

  • Fall 2018

  • Spring 2018

  • Fall 2017

  • Spring 2017

  • Fall 2016

  • Spring 2016

  • Fall 2015

  • Spring 2015

  • Fall 2014

  • Spring 2014

  • Fall 2013

  • Spring 2013

  • Fall 2012

  • Spring 2012

  • Fall 2011

  • Spring 2011

  • Winter 2010

  • Winter 2009

  • Spring 2008

  • Summer 2007

  • Fall 2006

  • Fall 2005

  • Spring 2004

  • Spring 2003

  • Winter 2003

  • Spring 2002

  • Fall 2001

  • Winter 2001

  • Spring 2000

  • Fall 1999

  • Spring 1998

 

 

 

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