Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Old Brookville Cemetery, New York

From my trip to Old Brookville and Oyster Bay with my father in June 2010. This cemetery is tiny and overgrown, sitting on a hill overlooking the Upper Brookville police department, with a few new headstones but mostly old, weathered ones. Many of the residents of this cemetery are Tappens, a common family name in the area dating back to at least the 1700s. The cemetery also sits across the road from the site of a double murder that occurred in the 1883 - two of the original suspects were brothers, Ed and John Tappen.


  1. Nothing sadder than an unmaintained cemetery.

  2. I agree, especially when the stones start crumbling and it gets so overgrown you can't even get near the graves - I think that happens a lot though with these smaller, private cemeteries. It makes me think of the story Buzzy Jackson told at the conference when they almost couldn't even find that tiny, unkempt cemetery her family was in.