Living in the southern part of the United States, I often visit cemeteries containing Civil War soldiers. I even, occasionally, find a cemetery with Revolutionary War Soldiers as with my Rock Creek Cemetery Documentary. Although, Revolutionary War soldier grave sites are rare in the south, The Revolutionary War is fascinating and I always enjoy strolling through Revolutionary War era cemeteries when I visit New England states.
A Quick Visit To The Cemeteries Of Upstate New York
Last week, I paid a quick visit to upstate New York. Particularly, I was in Carmel, New York. While there, I dropped by the Old Baptist Revolutionary War Cemetery.
Just across 52 from Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, a hand-laid stone wall protects the Old Baptist Cemetery from a constant stream of nearby traffic.
The remains of more than a dozen Revolutionary War soldiers are at rest here. I can only imagine the changes their grave sites have witnessed in the past two and a quarter centuries.
Carmel Township is Proud of the Old Baptist Burial Ground
Town residents are proud of this cemetery. This cemetery is on a small plat of land not far from the city center. The grounds are under control of the Carmel town council. They appear to do a great job in maintenance and upkeep. It always bothers me to see cemeteries with gravestones in such tight quarters. I always hope the lawn maintenance guys are being ultra-careful running their mowers around these headstones. The graves sites are well maintained and, despite their age, most of the grave markers are readable. On the day I visited, United States flags were placed at the grave site of each soldier buried here.
While walking the grounds, I felt the distinct impression that there are probably many more burials in this cemetery than the number of markers would indicate.