Friday, July 1, 2011

The North Ridge

The Albany Rural Cemetery is divided into three sections - the North, Middle, and South Ridges - with two deep ravines separating them.

The vast North Ridge section contains some of the Cemetery's oldest graves. When the Cemetery first offered lots for sale, this area was the least expensive and, as a result, it lacks the grander monuments of the other sections. There are, of course, exceptions such as the massive Winslow family vault at the foot of North Ridge Road, the majestic eagle-topped column of Colonel Mills who fell at Sacketts Harbor, and the Civil War monument watching over the Soldiers Plot.

For the most part, though, this area is filled with smaller monuments and simpler headstones compared to the South and Middle Ridges. This statue is one of the fancier monuments on the North Ridge and is quite easy to miss as it is set back from the main road and faces the heavily wooded gully that cuts between the North and Middle Ridges.

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