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Grounds: Open everyday
of the year Dawn to Dusk 

Office: 9am-12pm  1pm-4pm
Monday - Friday 

Oakwood Cemetery 

763 Portage Road
Niagara Falls, NY 14301 

Office/Fax: 716.284.5131 

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Thursday
May122011

Memorial Day Services at Oakwood Cemetery

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (Oakwood Cemetery) - Memorial Day Services are to be held at Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY on Monday, May 30, at 10:30am.  Names of those buried in the Cemetery in the past 12 months will be read. Deacon Patrick Bradley will officiate the Remembrance Service. Music will be provided by Monte and Marcia Jones, and Dr. Rocco L. LaRocca will read the poem "Flanders Field".   Geranium plants will also be offered for $5 per pot.  For your comfort we advise you to bring your own lawn chair.

Thursday
May052011

Calling all Green Thumbed Volunteers

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (Oakwood Cemetery) - Oakwood Cemetery is looking for a few good volunteers to help create and tend to gardens throughout the cemetery.  "We are looking to spruce up the grounds of our beautiful and  historic cemetery," Larry Steele, Cemetery Administrator said.  "Our goal is to create a park like setting in the middle of the city.  Many folks come out just to walk to the grounds, and get away from it all."  

The cemetery was founded in 1852 and has 18.5 acres in the middle of Niagara Falls.  When it was started, the cemetery was on the outskirts of the village, and now the city has grown up around it.  The original layout was designed by Civil Engineer, T. D. Judah.  Of interest are the curvelinear roadways which pre-date Frederick Law Olmsted's local involvement by almost 30 years.

If you have or know someone with a green thumb and an eye for garden design, do we have a blank slate for you!  Feel free to call the cemetery office at 716.284.5131.

Saturday
Apr302011

Beautify Niagara Day at Oakwood Cemetery

 

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (Oakwood Cemetery) - They picked up sticks, bagged leaves, chopped tree limbs and hauled trash all to bring Oakwood Cemetery back to luster she once had.   Beautify Niagara Day 2011 is in the books and Oakwood Cemetery is all the better for it.

The cemetery was tied into the city wide program which aims to make Niagara Falls a much more livable city.  The original program was to pick up trash and debris around the area, but the challenge changed when a wind storm blew through on the 28th of April.  Mayor Paul Dyster put out a call to all of Niagara Falls, “I want to invite and encourage all residents to join us tomorrow to clean our city and repair the storm damage. There’s never a good time for a storm but this is an opportune time to repair the storm damage in our community,” said Mayor Dyster.

Several organizations helped out the cemetery, including the Girl Scouts of Wheatfield and the Lewiston Library.  Special thanks to Norma Higgs and the Niagara Beautification Commission.

See more pictures by clicking our Photo Gallery

Sunday
Apr102011

The Coffin Club "Digs" Oakwood Cemetery

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (Oakwood Cemetery) - The Lewiston Library Coffin Club has begun an ambitious "undertaking"...cataloging all 20,000 burials at Oakwood Cemetery and posting them on Findagrave.com.  The program was started at the Lewiston Public Library under the direction of Librarian/Genealogist Michelle Kratts and Oakwood Trustee Peter Ames.

The goal is to have the Coffin Club members become a part of the living history here at Oakwood.  "By cataloging all the burials, the general public will have a better chance of locating their ancestors and furthering their family trees," said Pete Ames.  The first step is to take pictures of all those resting in the 1913 E.B. Green designed mausoleum.  The club will then post the pictures to findagrave.com with the name, birth and death dates.  When searching for an ancestor this information can be invaluable to professional and amateur genealogists.  This information will confirm that yes, there is a person in Oakwood Cemetery with the correct name and dates.

It may seem a bit macabre to some, but the kids didn't seem to mind as they went to work gathering their data.  The Coffin Club members; Caitlyn, Brendan, Jason, (His dad, Matt), Crystal, Leah, and Samantha, spent the good part of Saturday, April 9, 2011 in the mausoleum.  Other dates are on the schedule to collect information for the rest of the cemetery.

   

 

Here is a link to Oakwood Cemetery of Niagara Falls, NY at Findagrave.com 

Wednesday
Mar162011

"Queen of the Falls" on book shelves now!

A new children's book by Chris Van Allsburg author of "Jumanji" and "The Polar Express" will feature resident Annie Edson Taylor.

Annie was the first person to go over the Falls in a barrel and survive.  The book "Queen of the Falls" highlights her experiences.

Here is a video about Chris' latest project: