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 current project is the restoration of the Arkville Cemetery on County Route 26 (The Cut Off Road). 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 will be repaired, righted, and/or mortared into new or repaired bases. Several work sessions during 2010 were spent just filling in the depressions and holes in the uneven ground. Volunteers have donated many hours of labor on this project. To help, send us an email. history@catskill.net.