A mother of women’s basketball, the director of the National Audubon Society, a pioneering female war correspondent, Newburgh’s first mayor, the commander of the Orange Blossoms of Civil War fame, two famous orchestra leaders, suffragists, architects, civil rights champions and scientists – are all buried together among the scenic acres of Woodlawn Cemetery in New Windsor, Orange County, NY.
The Town of New Windsor has been refurbishing this large cemetery at the intersection of Route 94 and Union Avenue and its carved monuments have many stories to share. Opened in 1870 with the initiative and investment of Newburgh Mayor George Clark and a group of colleagues, Woodlawn is a fine example of the 19th century’s movement to establish landscaped rural cemeteries. Its winding lanes and deliberate plantings gave comfort in an age when cemetery visitation was a weekly ritual for many families.
On Sunday, September 15th at 2 pm, historians Glenn Marshall and Mary McTamaney will lead visitors around Woodlawn and share the stories of dozens of interesting people who are buried in the cemetery. The walking tour is sponsored by the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands.
The tour is free for Newburgh Historical Society members and a donation of 5$ is suggested for the general public. Call (845) 561-2585 in case of inclement weather. More information is available on the Newburgh Historical Society website.
The Woodlawn Cemetery is located at 93 Union Avenue, New Windsor.
Photo of Grave of Capt Holden Langford provided by Newburgh Historical Society.