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  • Herkimer cemetery may enter list of National Registers of Historic Places

  • Herkimer’s Oak Hill Cemetery was among 17 properties, resources and districts the recommended for inclusion on the State and National Registers for Historic Places. “These are the historic resources that help shape the individuality and ‘quality of place’ of our communities,” said Ro...
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  • Herkimer’s Oak Hill Cemetery was among 17 properties, resources and districts the recommended for inclusion on the State and National Registers for Historic Places.
    “These are the historic resources that help shape the individuality and ‘quality of place’ of our communities,” said Rose Harvey, commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, in a news release. “Listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places is a fitting honor and will help preserve these properties for the future.”
    Oak Hill, organized in 1867, was recommended by the state Board of Historic Preservation to help the owners in revitalizing structures and making them eligible for public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.
    Oak Hill Cemetery is considered to be a cemetery that “embodies the features of rural cemetery design, including natural plantings, curved drives and family plots,” according to the release.
    The design reflects the 19th century trend of moving cemeteries to rural areas.
    It also includes the burial site of Roxlanna Druse, who was convicted of murdering her husband and was the last woman to be hanged in the state.
    The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York and the nation. There are 90,000 buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, individually or as components of historic districts. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.
    Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register.
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