South Salem Church Cemetery Added To State Historic Register

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The cemetery outside of the South Salem Presbyterian Church. The cemetery recently was added to the State Register of Historic Places based upon its large number of veterans from 18th and 19th century wars.
The cemetery outside of the South Salem Presbyterian Church. The cemetery recently was added to the State Register of Historic Places based upon its large number of veterans from 18th and 19th century wars. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
The South Salem Presbyterian Church's cemetery could be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The South Salem Presbyterian Church's cemetery could be added to the National Register of Historic Places. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. -- The South Salem Presbyterian Church cemetery was added to the State Register of Historic Places, a state official announced in a recent letter to Lewisboro Supervisor Peter Parsons.

Ruth Pierpont, Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation, explained in a July 29 letter that the State Review Board recommended the inclusion to the New York State Historic Preservation Officer, who agreed to add the cemetery.

The cemetery also could be added to the National Register of Historic Places. In the letter, Pierpont said the nomination will be forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register, whose approval is necessary for a national listing.

At Monday's Lewisboro Town Board meeting, Parsons mentioned the update and attributed the news to the burial of war veterans at the cemetery. According to the church's Registry of Graves, the cemetery includes veterans from the Revolutionary War, French and Indian War, and the War of 1812.

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