Cemeteries

Rudd Hubbell (in cab), Bob Hubbell, Joe McKeon, Brian Wheaton, right the Hoffman family monument in Arkville Cemetary

Rudd Hubbell (in cab), Bob Hubbell, Joe McKeon, Brian Wheaton, right the Hoffman family monument in Arkville Cemetary

Friends of Middletown Cemeteries is an informal group of people who love old burial grounds for the history, beauty and serenity that they contain. We feel a kinship with those who have gone before, and a sense of obligation to preserve the evidence of their lives and their passing.

We want to honor and maintain these cemeteries as hallowed repositories of history by copying monument inscriptions which are valuable to genealogists and local history researchers; clearing overgrown graveyards and repairing broken and toppled stones. See Middletown cemetery inventories here.

Our biggest project was the restoration of the Arkville Cemetery on County Route 36. This cemetery contains approximately 300 graves dating back to 1816. Using a State grant awarded to the Town of Middletown and obtained by Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, more than 50 stones on this terraced hillside were repaired, righted and/or mortared into new or repaired bases. Volunteers donated many hours of labor on this project between 2010 and 2012.