One of Southold’s oldest and most historic locations has a new addition thanks to a donation from a frequent local benefactor.
The cemetery committee of The Old Burying Ground next to First Presbyterian Church of Southold dedicated a new entryway Friday morning. The project was completed thanks to a “very generous gift” from the Charles and Helen Reichert Family Foundation, said cemetery director Jane Andrews.
Joel Snodgrass is an architect with more than two decades of experience in historic preservation and conservation projects across Long Island.
For the past four years, he has been working with a team of volunteers to repair cracks, remove unsightly caulking and shore up fallen stones at the Old Burying Ground in Southold. The work has restored dozens of stones in the historic cemetery, located next to First Presbyterian Church in Southold. READ
Riddled with lichen, cracking near the base or leaning forward, the headstones at Southold’s Old Burying Ground were in a state of disrepair last spring. READ
Over 150 years ago, at a time of political unrest, members of the Mattituck Wide Awake club, a paramilitary group associated with the Republican Party at the time, marched through Southold during a torchlight parade holding a banner and showing their support for Abraham Lincoln, who won the election of 1860 the following day. (more…)