dinsdag 27 maart 2012

Taphophile Tragics # 14


This is a little cemetery from 1670 near the Jan Mabie House, the oldest house still standing in the Mohawk Valley in the US. The graves must be of the residents of the house during the centuries, I only could decode 1790 on a grave, the others are hardly visible.

The 300 year old Dutch farm was originally settled by Daniel Janse van Antwerpen, who established it as a fur trading post to meet Native American traders before they reached Schenectady. He received a deed for the property in 1671 from the English governor. In 1706, Van Antwerpen sold the farm to Jan Pieterse Mabie and it was handed down through the Mabie family for 287 years.

This is my contribution to Taphophile Tragics

10 opmerkingen:

  1. That is an interesting bit of dutch history in USA.

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  2. An interesting house style! Wonder if the minimal number of windows relates to the Dutch style or there is another reason! Shame that dates and names on the graves could not be read easily.

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  3. that house looks pretty dutch!
    when i saw the first photo, seeing only the shape of the stones, i thought, this must be in the us. funny.. :)

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  4. It looks like a well cared for cemetery. It is amazing that the property stayed in the family for so long.

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  5. So serene and peaceful ... The architecture of the house is beautiful!

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  6. I like small family graveyards. That's a beautiful old house.

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  7. Beautiful house and very historic graveyard. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. It doesn't look much has been done to this house in 300 years (i.e. major ruinous renovations!)

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  9. I like the stark simplicity of these graves!

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  10. I knew it was of Dutch origin but in the USA, too, even upon opening the post.

    Tis very sad that nothing was done over the years to maintain the information on the headstones. But 287 years is a very long time for a house to be in the hands of the same family.

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