Monday, January 13, 2014

365 Days In A Life - January 13

Sitting on a hill overlooking the Arthur Kill is an abandoned and almost forgotten burial ground. Designated as a city landmark in 1968, today it is cared for by the Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries.

At the edge of the salty marshland leading to the boats you have seen over the last 2 days, is a small cemetery called the Blazing Star Burial Ground. The cemetery houses the final remains of Staten Island residents dating back to the 1750's when the area was the site of a popular ferry crossing and roadhouse. As you stroll among the small plot of ancient gravestones it's hard not to wonder about the inhabitants who made this once-pristine vista their final resting place. Buried here are some members of the founding families of Staten Island. Could anyone have imagined how drastically their view would change?

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