Ithaca City Cemetery

Ithaca's oldest burial ground. Main entrance located at 200 University Ave. Ithaca, NY 14850.

 

The Ithaca City Cemetery is not only the final resting place for significant figures in New York State and American history, but it also epitomizes the changing cemetery aesthetic that reflected cultural shifts in the community it served, as well as the country at-large.

While the oldest grave sites in Tompkins County are those of the Cayuga Indians and their predecessors, the first recorded burial on the site that is now known as the Ithaca City Cemetery took place in 1790 or 1791, when only a few families had settled in Ithaca, clustered near the foot of East Hill.

 
 
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