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.