Oakwood Cemetery


City of Syracuse, New York

Until this cemetery is online, please contact:

The Historic Oakwood Cemetery Preservation Association (HOCPA)
P. O. Box 65
Syracuse, NY   13215

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Onondaga County Public Library
Local History/Special Collections
447 South Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13202-2494

Oakwood Cemetery, one of the City of Syracuse's oldest, largest and most historic non-denominational cemeteries, is offering a tour at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 26, 1999.  "See the mausolea of Syracuse salt barons," the notice says -- referring to one of the area's most important early industries (early to mid 19th C.), obtaining salt by evaporation from the local naturally occuring salt springs, to be marketed in various places and for various purposes.  The cemetery entrances at Comstock Avenue and East Colvin Street are mentioned, I'm not sure exactly where one ought to assemble.  Might be wise to phone the listed #, (315) 449-9226.  I am not personally involved in offering the tour; I saw the notice in the paper.
Oakwood is always well worth a trip, any time of year except deep-snow season.  It's really huge and beautiful, located not far from Syracuse University and from downtown Syracuse, near Route 81's exits 17 or 18, and
not too far from Rte. 90/the NYS Thruway, exit 36.  E-mail me for directions if you're coming from outside the area and/or feel stymied by Rte. 81's being partially blocked off due to construction in this area on the southbound side.

Submitted 12 June 1998
Updated 24 September 1999