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Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse

Categories: Cemeteries, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.1/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
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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  • Last visited in 2015, 30 years after attending college at the adjacent Syracuse University and State College of Environmental Science and Forestry. This was, and remains, a fascinating cemetery. This ...  read more »
  • The roads are in deplorable condition; the undercarriage of my car is in awful condition after a recent visit; can't find caretakers to learn process to file a complaint 
  • This is a cemetery with a lot of history that has been well documented. It is large and shady so if you like this kind of thing take one of the guided tours, the halloween tours are great. 
  • Cool place to go, don't go there when it's dark, lots of homeless people.
  • A beautiful and huge cemetery.
  • Clean and green cemetery.
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