|Locust Ave and Oregon Rd|
New York USA
Postal Code: 10567
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
This cemetery is located at the intersection of Locust Ave and Oregon Road in Cortlandt Manor. There are several historic roadside markers around this old graveyard. Located in the cemetery is a small red clapboard building The Old St Peters Episcopal Church. Services in this building were attended by General George Washington at times when he stayed nearby. This building was also used as an Army Hospital by French General Rochambeau before and after The Battle of Yorktown Virginia 1781-2. The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 with reference number 73001292. Buried beside the church are unnamed graves of French troops of General Rochambeau and 44 unnamed soldiers of the Revolution. In the churchyard there is an anvil monument dedicated to Major General Seth Pomeroy who was commissioned the first Brigadier General of the United States by General George Washington. The monument is constructed of black granite, is 5' 8" high, and weighs over 6.5 tons. When the American Revolution ended, the great pioneer migration to the West began. The Pomeroy Anvil Trail commemorates the westward migration of the American people through the movement of the Pomeroy family. His burial site in the graveyard is unmarked.
Please do not touch the sandstone grave markers. Many of the old sandstones are damaged and down. Sandstones deteriorate from internal stresses. Stones that are 200 years old can appear perfect one day and the next day the entire face of the stone can "let go" and the face of the stone falls away and is lost forever.