The people who forged the rich history of New York State – and the nation – are honored at cemeteries across the state.
At Fort William Henry Museum in Lake George, discover the fort’s fascinating history as a British garrison, its surrender by the British following a successful French siege in 1757 and subsequent atrocities committed by the Huron tribes against the surrendered British and provincial troops. Today, the soldiers who gave their lives are honored at the museum’s memorial cemetery. The final resting place of President Ulysses Simpson Grant and his wife, Julia, the General Grant National Memorial is the largest mausoleum in North America. Troy’s Oakwood Cemetery, one of America’s largest rural cemeteries, is the final resting place of "Uncle Sam" Wilson, Emma Willard and General George Thomas, and also has a history museum.
See an urban, pre-Revolutionary War African cemetery in Manhattan at the African Burial Ground. Public art adjacent to the Burial Ground commemorates the site. Harriet Tubman and Lincoln's Secretary of State William H. Seward are buried at the Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, while Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony are buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester.
On the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the West Point Cemetery served as a burial ground for American Revolutionary War soldiers and early West Point inhabitants long before 1817 when it was officially designated as a military cemetery. Notable interments include General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., commander of coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, and Lieutenant General Winfield Scott, the longest serving American general. Forest Lawn Cemetery, in Buffalo, is the final resting place of President Millard Fillmore and Seneca Indian Chief Red Jacket, and is known for its unique grave markers.