Carthage Free Library Heritage Room receives donation pertaining to Fort Drum cemeteries | Local History
, 2022-05-24 21:00:58,
CARTHAGE — The Carthage Free Library Heritage Room recently received the donation of a valuable resource for genealogy.
Dr. Laurie Rush, Fort Drum cultural resources manager, presented the organization with a collection of books pertaining to the 13 cemeteries located on Fort Drum.
“One of the jobs our researchers are called upon to do is locating the final resting places of relatives for people both local and from a distance,” said Lynn M. Thornton, town of Champion and village of Carthage historian. “This gives us one more wonderful tool.”
The public will be able to use these references during Heritage Room hours — 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays — and by appointment.
The cemeteries outside the Fort Drum cantonment area include the Alexandria Road Cemetery, Fuller Road Cemetery, Gates Cemetery, Lake School Road Cemetery, Lewisburg Cemetery, Pierce Cemetery, World War II Cemetery, Savage-Varley Cemetery, Sheepfold Cemetery and Woods Mill Cemetery.
These will be accessible on Labor Day without pre-coordination with Range Control or a visitors pass.
Locations on post include the Cooper Cemetery, LeRay Mansion Child Cemetery and Quaker Cemetery. Passes are issued at the Visitor Control Center at the Lt. Gen. Paul Cerjan Gate.
All Fort Drum cemeteries are annually open to the public on Memorial Day and occasionally on Labor Day. Those wishing to access these cemeteries during the rest of the year are directed to contact the Cultural Resources Section of the Environmental Division, Department of Public Works.
The areas where the cemeteries are located had contained several villages — now referred to as The Lost Villages. According to Mrs….
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