The Old Burying Ground at Sag Harbor Long Island, New York


The history of this exceptional Burying Ground dates to its opening in 1767 and includes a Revolutionary fort that was built on the site. The names and dates of the 334 men, women and children buried here from 1767-1870 include twenty-two Revolutionary War Patriots and “prison ship” victims. African-American and Portuguese sailors’ graves are segregated. Brief biographies of Colonial settlers, whaling captains, children who died young, and other catalysts of the village’s growth bring the past to life. A short biographical sketch of stonecutter, Ithuel Hill, Long Island’s first documented stonecutter, precedes a discussion of gravestone types, carvings, and restoration techniques. Changes to the burying ground such as the opening of a new cemetery and the relocation of 111 graves conclude the history. One hundred and fifty epitaphs (including anecdotal and lyrical messages), a map with numbered grave sites, helpful hints on “cleaning stones” and reading inscriptions, numerous photographs and a fullname index are a few of the features that enhance this valuable tool for genealogists and history buffs alike.

Dorothy I. Zaykowski and Members of the Committee of the Old Burying Ground

(2003), 2006, 5½x8½, paper, index, 120 pp.

ISBN: 9780788423475