Our inspiration

Preserve history for the future.

 
 

In 2016, I was struck by the neglect and disrepair of an old cemetery just down the street from my business in Endwell, NY. I learned that this was the Hooper Patterson Family Cemetery. Before Endwell became established, it was Hooper NY. Amos Patterson and his family had a home and an Apple farm where Washingtonian HallI, Patterson’s original home still stands today on River Road in Endwell, NY.

It became clear to me that not only was this piece of land unkept, but unknown to many who live steps away from it. The shared last names barely readable and grave stones covered in moss and weathered - it looked like history slipping away in front of me. This landmark in need inspired me to restore the cemetery, preserving the history belonging to the founding fathers of Endwell.

With teams of volunteers from Binghamton University and Empirical Paranormal, exploratory restoration and investigative work has been done throughout the cemetery. All 27 grave markers present at the cemetery in the past year are cleaned and restored to an ideal condition for being over 200 years old! In 2018, our first fundraising event managed to raise enough fund to completely restore each gravestone that was damaged. Restoration work was done by Regiel Restoration.

According to research and the archeology team’s findings, there are 42 people buried at this site. One day, all 42 names will be displayed on a permanent granite at the cemetery.

 

David Vallone
Founder, Save A Cemetery

 
(Top) postcard picturing Washingtonian Hall. (Bottom) The original owners of the Washingtonian Hall!, Anne and Amos Patterson.

(Top) postcard picturing Washingtonian Hall. (Bottom) The original owners of the Washingtonian Hall!, Anne and Amos Patterson.