Monday, June 30, 2008

Poltergeist 3 in New Hartford, NY?

The skeletons not in the closet at least in New Hartford. Stop the next time your in New Hartford if you have a moment. In front of the high school on Oxford rd
you'll find markers on the spot
of one of the first graveyards in the Mohawk Valley with the remains of many of the original settlers. Many of the names you'll see on street signs in South Utica (originally part of New Hartford) and in New Hartford. The story goes that in 1953 the powers to be decided that
to build the school on the location of the former cemetery, they would dig up all the graves
and place the remains in the spot now marked by the 2nd monument above. The names above were taken from the grave stones and is probably not an accurate reflection of the number of
bodies that were removed and placed in the mass grave. It was not unusual back then to place graves one on top of another and there could have been several sets of bones in one grave site.
Further poor people or criminals were often buried without markers or buried on top of a freshly buried wealthier person. How many skeletons are buried there??? No one knows for sure.
Anyway, there is more information at the historical society in New Hartford if you're interested in additional details contact them at

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