Saratoga Springs

Southside Cemetery of Saratoga Springs back under locally-controlled board


SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Southside Cemetery of Saratoga Springs is once again being run by a local board.

Thomas L. Dunne of Schenectady was the sole remaining trustee prior to an Oct. 19 meeting, during which he appointed Mary Ellen Ryall and Wayne Senecal.

Ryall, who represented her family ancestors buried in the cemetery, will serve as board secretary, while Senecal, who represented his wife Susan’s Eddy family ancestors buried there, is board president.

Dunne, a renowned photographer, serves as the board’s treasurer and historian.

During the October meeting, Corinne Scirocco of Saratoga Springs was nominated to become a trustee representing the Saratoga Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Five American Revolutionary War veterans are buried in the cemetery.

Scirocco’s nomination was set for election at the next board meeting, which took place in the Walworth Room at the Saratoga Historical Museum in Congress Park on Nov. 3.

During the meeting, which was also attended by Leonard G. Breen, inspector for the New York State Board of Cemeteries, plans were made to reorganize anew the Southside Cemetery Association of Saratoga Springs, which has owned the cemetery since 1869, when the cemetery was purchased from the Whitford family.

As a symbol of the five American Revolutionary War Veterans buried in the cemetery, the Liberty Tree was chosen as the association’s logo.

The association has been inactive for many years, which has resulted in the cemetery becoming severely overgrown and rundown.

Plans call for a fundraising campaign, followed by an extensive cleanup and restoration of the cemetery beginning in the spring and summer of 2022.

Descendants interested in more details or becoming Trustees or Friends of the Cemetery should write to SSCA-Historian, P.O. Box 711, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 12866, or email: [email protected].

The cemetery is on Crescent Avenue, just east of South Broadway, adjacent to the Four Winds facilities.

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