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Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse

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Cemetery Landmark
Oakwood Cemetery is a 160acre historic cemetery located in Syracuse, New York. It was designed by Howard Daniels and built in 1859. Oakwood Cemetery was created during a time period in the nineteenth century when the rural cemetery was becoming a distinct landscape type, and is a good example of this kind of landscape architecture.The original 92acre included about 60acre of dense oak forest with pine, ash, hickory and maple. A crew of 60 laborers without large-scale earth moving equipment thinned and grouped the trees; today there are many 150-year-old specimens. Students of SUNY-ESF, whose campus is adjacent to Oakwood, can regularly be seen in the cemetery for instruction on plant species or capturing insect specimens.HistoryOakwood was an immediate success after its dedication in November, 1859. Thousands of visitors led to the establishment of omnibus service directly to the cemetery gates. Additions to the original acreage were laid out in a manner sympathetic to the original design.
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  • I went to him by accident and was about a cemetery close to College somewhat sombre graveyard but where there is some strange shapes and some archaeological visitors there.
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  • Attended a ghost tour put on by the Onondaga Historical Society. Very well done. 5 or 6 stops along the way where cemetary residents spoke of their lives as it relates to our central New York history....  more »
  • More beautiful than many parks. Lots of history. Walking tours are offered in the summer. Interesting mausoleums and headstones.  more »
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  • A lot of history within this cemetery. It is a nice place to relax, as the tree cover lets you almost escape the traffic of the city. It's a nice place to walk and run. I've seen students string up hammocks and slack-lines as well. There are some geocaches in there.
  • Cool place to go, don't go there when it's dark, lots of homeless people.
  • do not go there at night
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  • Do not go!!!!!! There are dead people everywhere!!!

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