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The Graven Images of Bethel Cemetery

Text by Carl Oechsner, Photographs by Howie Meyers

Cemeteries are a record of our nation’s past. There is a rich collection of history located on their grounds. Here in our village we are fortunate to have fantastic examples of period gravestones dating back to the 1700s. Bethel Cemetery is a most charming space, located in the virtual center of our community, surrounded by our schools, library and neighborhoods. Residents pass by and through it on a daily basis making it a part of our village.

The following is a work-in-progress, adapted from a presentation given at the Croton Free Library. We are still researching a number of interesting questions. Are Native Americans and African American slaves buried within the confines of Bethel? Was there ever a Potter’s Field for indigent individuals? Should you have any information, questions or comments regarding Bethel, please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Click on the images below to see a larger version, then click on the row of thumbnail images to move through presentation.