Cortland Rural Cemetery

Cortland Rural Cemetery

Cortland Rural Cemetery
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Located just moments from the heart of the Cortland, NY, the Cortland Rural Cemetery gently rises northward from historic Tompkins Street. The site features 50 acres of winding drives, walking trails, interpretive signs, and labeled trees ~ amid islands of individual graves, family mausoleums, and monument groupings, and honoring the original, 19th century concept of a "rural cemetery."
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Laurie P
Cortland, NY7,297 contributions
Oct 2021
I have lived in Cortland for over 45 years, and until about a month ago I had never walked into the cemetery. The cemetery is touched on 2 sides by SUNY Cortland (the school I graduated from), and in the front by Tompkins Street. It is over 160 years old, and has about 44 acres.
I walk daily, and one day I stopped by just to walk thru. So many names that I have heard about that are central to the story of Cortland. I noticed that there were really informative signs randomly that students at the college had created. It speaks of the famous people buried in that area, information about the types of stones used, etc. I ran out of time that day-but did return on a later day to follow all 22 signs (they aren't exactly spaced easily to find) in about 3 hours. I found it really fascinating to learn the history.
I have visited many cemeteries while traveling. This isn't really one of those. This is interesting, but more so to locals who would know all the names (Wickwire, Randall, Willcox, etc) It is, however, a gorgeous place to walk all seasons for a nice view of the hills surrounding Cortland!
Written October 18, 2021
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cyndysy
Glen Mills, PA68 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
My husband's family are buried in this cemetery, and it has been a while since we stopped in. I was quite surprised to see large signs along the roadway, and I didn't realize what they were until we stopped at our destination and I began reading them. They appeared to be part of a self-guided tour of the cemetery, featuring early settlers of Cortland, some interesting facts about monuments in general, and various types of artwork to be found thereon. Although we did not take the time to read them all, I enjoyed learning a bit more about the Cortland area.
Written July 31, 2018
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Patty D
Columbus, OH24 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
I stopped by the cemetery a few weeks ago..it was my first time back to it since my Dad passed away 14 yrs. ago and I was a little disappointed with the upkeep of it. I remember visiting loved ones many years ago and it always looked so nice, but this time it was different. It was the week after Memorial day and my Dad was a Vet. But, I didn't see a flag on his grave like a lot of the other Veterans graves. One pleasant surprise was we saw a lot of little animals roaming the area and it did look so peaceful. Due to life issues I wasn't able to get back there sooner, but I do hope to visit again before the snow falls over there and have more time to take care of my parents graves.
Written July 18, 2018
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Sheryl T
Mahwah, NJ849 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
My niece had to go to Cortland this weekend for an interview. While driving we passed this cemetery. It's a cemetery and there is not much to really look at.
Written February 5, 2018
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Melissa W
Bensalem, PA38 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
My friend and i decided to visit here before heading to the 1890's house down the street. The grounds are beautiful, the rolling hills of green grass, the trees here and there... some graves had fresh flowers planted (thankfully fake flowers are prohibited). The monuments and statues are breath taking in their detail. Their are helpful stands with information about the graves dispersed throughout which helps to make the experience more personal as you learn about those buried there. I wish we could've viewed all of the grounds but it started to pour so we had to leave.
Written July 30, 2017
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bwdailey
Cortland, NY145 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Nice example of cemeteries of the past. Many beautiful monuments, and the walking tour is an excellent addition for appreciating the history of the place.
Written June 6, 2017
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katydid34
Cortland, NY87 contributions
Sep 2016
Cemetery is well cared for. Always looks very pretty. Wish St. Mary's would do the same.. Keep up the good work
Written October 16, 2016
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,661 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
My cousin and uncle are interned here in a beautiful spot overlooking the SUNY campus where my uncle had started his career 50 years ago.

It is a nice place to pay your respects and they take good care of the property. For a cemetery, it is a nice place to visit with its scenic views and old paths. I try to pay my respects when I am in the area.
Written September 24, 2016
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ked909
Cortland, NY80 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
It's a great and quiet place to walk or to run, as well as a neat place for examining grave markers and old-style memorials. It isn't all history, though, as there are funeral processions occasionally visible on the grounds. Be respectful of modern mourners, if you're here for history, for sight-seeing, or just for a shady graveled walking path.
Written July 18, 2016
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Ted_and_Laura
Cortland, NY620 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
Cortland Rural Cemetery is a vibrant resource for Cortland and New York State history. It's beautiful and provides many resources for exploring and learning: self-guided tour map, educational signs about historic "residents", a broad variety of trees--many marked by species. CRC encourages walking and exploring throughout the cemetery and it's a fascinating place to do just that!.
Written July 13, 2016
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