Oakwood Cemetery - 1909
|Location||940 Comstock Avenue|
Syracuse, New York, United States
|Area||160 acres (65 ha)|
|NRHP reference #||91000522|
|Added to NRHP||May 9, 1991|
Oakwood Cemetery is a 160-acre (65 ha) 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 92 acres (37 ha) included about 60 acres (24 ha) 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 and Syracuse University, whose campuses are adjacent to Oakwood, can regularly be seen in the cemetery for instruction on plant species, capturing insect specimens, cemetery studies, or mammal surveys.
Oakwood 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.
Notable interments at Oakwood Cemetery include:
Oakwood Cemetery Syracuse, New York
Dedication Valley Syracuse, New York
Oakwood Cemetery Chapel Syracuse, New York
Memorial to veterans of the American Civil War.
Memorial to Comfort Tyler
Art Deco bronze door, mausoleum of Charles Edward Crouse
Memorial to Major Gen. E. V. Sumner & wife