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Forgotten Watkins Glen Burial Ground (Gallery)

FingerLakes1.com - Photos by Nigel Kent, www.nigelpkent.com
Posted Sunday, July 17, 2011 @ 12:08 am

I went looking for a beautiful waterfall which I had accidentally found in 1993, somewhere north and west of Watkins Glen. As I made my way through the Schuyler County woods, I heard the waterfall rushing behind some trees out of sight from the road. I've tried to find it several times since '93 with no luck, but this week, I got lucky. The water was just a trickle so I didn't shoot much there and proceeded on up the woodland trail across the falls to where I had found an old burying ground deep in the woods the last time I was there. I was shocked back then at its appearance... stones fallen over covered in debris, dislocated stones. It was so sadly neglected. I felt the same emotions this last time. How can this happen? Would anybody like to think that their grave would be forgotten and neglected 200 years from now? It's called the Buck Hill Settlement Burying Ground and is a fairly large cemetery with perhaps 100 graves, including one for an 18-yr-old Union soldier who was killed in Virginia in 1864. Some efforts have been made to clean the cemetery up. There is a message board there now describing the efforts to do so by a local Boy Scout troop. But, this place needs way more help than that. What local department would be responsible for ensuring that cemeteries are maintained and tended? I always thought that was mandatory. Especially for all those people who were part of the rugged pioneer force that laid the foundation for our country. I was saddened and quite upset seeing this place still neglected since my first visit there 18 years ago.
  -  Nigel Kent on his afternoon last week in Watkins Glen

Buck Hill Settlement

Buck Hill Settlement

Buck Hill Settlement

Buck Hill Settlement

Buck Hill Settlement

Buck Hill Settlement

Buck Hill Settlement

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