Caretakers Celebrate Historic Recognition at Lowville Cemetery

Caretakers Celebrate Historic Recognition at Lowville Cemetery

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It's the oldest cemetery in Lowville, and now it's recognized as both a state and national historical site.

"It was actually formed before the county of Lewis," explains Lowville's historian Charlotte Beagle.

Saturday she and a group of people involved in restoring the cemetery gathered to celebrate it's historical recognition. Founded in the early 1800s, the cemetery on Jackson Street is the resting place of soldiers from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and many of the early settlers of the area.

"U.S. Congress Ela Collins is in this photograph," Beagle said.

Ela Collins is one of the people buried here. A congressman and the grandfather of President William Howard Taft's wife, Helen. Among the others buried here is Henry Deievendorf, a black man who fought for the north during the Civil War.

"He was in company G of the 97th New York Volunteers. Even before African Americans were allowed in the service," Beagle said.

Beagle and many volunteers spent the last five years restoring the cemetery. You can see on many of the stones lines where the stones were broken and had to be reset. Not every gravestone was reparable, several were illegible, and others have yet to be repaired.

However for Charlotte and the other volunteers, it's a success preserving a chunk of the village's origins.

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