Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Carman and Miller Family Burying Grounds

Work Continues on the Carman/Miller Burying Ground Restoration
South Haven, NY

Gravestone repairs are almost completed for the two small adjacent Carman and Miller families burying ground in South Haven New York.  Stone repairs are being made by Hollis Warner, proprietor of the Peconic Monument Works, Riverhead, NY.  Hollis has be contracted by the Fire Place History Club of Brookhaven Hamlet, using funds from a Town of Brookhaven Caithness Grant.

All the remains is the setting of the stones, providing fencing, and final clearing and cleanup of the site.

The monument below was badly shattered when a tree fell during a northeaster in the Fall of 2007.  The damage likely could have been prevented if the burying ground had been receiving proper maintenance.  Careful searching of the vicinity enabled finding all the fragments after the tree was cut away courtesy of the Suffolk County Department of Parks (they are technically not responsible for the site, however county park land surrounds it.  Maintenance of the site is the responsibility of the Town of Brookhaven.)

This is the memorial stone for Samuel Carman, Jr., famous proprietor of the inn and mill at South Haven, NY, and for a time in the early 19th century president of the Town trustees.

While most stone fragments were located and incorporated into the repairs, the missing fragments from this stone have not been located.

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