Lake View Cemetery - News and Events

  Saints and Sinners Tours 

     Our 10th Annual Saints and Sinners Tour with the Fenton History Center  was held Saturday,

     October 1st and 8th, with Mausoleum Tours on Sunday, October 2nd.  The tours were well-attended as usual

     for this ever-popular event.  Horse-drawn carriages, actors in costume, and knowledgeable guides 

     contributed to a memorable afternoon/evening in Lake View Cemetery.  Next year make it a point to 

     attend these tours to learn more about the fascinating people, thrilling incidents, and long-lost stories of 

     Jamestown's past - and tour a mausoleum or two!  Tickets and reservations for the 2017 Saints and Sinners 

     tours will be available starting next summer from the Fenton History Center.  Call 716-664-6256 to get on

     their email list to be reminded of this event.  Come learn why this event has become a yearly tradition for so

     many area families and friends.  Walking and horse-drawn tours are available.  Each tour features different

     characters, so why not attend both?!  New stories and characters every year, along with some old favorites.  

     See you there!   



     Winter Hours in effect (Gates will be open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM)

     The cemetery grounds will be open from 7:30 AM until 4:30 PM during the fall/winter.  The current hours are

     always posted on all the cemetery gates.  Always check the gate signs to confirm closing time.  If you

     become locked in the cemetery with your vehicle, try these phone numbers, if you have a cell phone - 

     716-490-3778, or 716-720-3403.  Please note that the three small Pedestrian Gates are always left unlocked

     (except on Halloween evening).  Two of these gates are located along Lakeview Ave., and one is located along

     North Main St.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Veteran's Grove design by Rod Drake - Clark Patterson Lee Design Professionals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rendering by Joe Rollman

                                                                                                                        

Veteran's Grove Dedication - June 13, 2015

    After several years of planning, the Dedication of Veteran's Grove in Lake View Cemetery took place at

     11:00 A.M., on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at the site located just north of the Sheldon Gate, which is located 

     at the north end of Lakeview Avenue.  Tents were erected for the occasion, and seating was provided for

     attendees.  Appropriate music and services took place in the shadow of the 80-foot flagpole and large flag 

     (20' x 38') at the event.  This was the third time in the cemetery's 157-year history that a veteran's area was

     established.  The first dedicated veteran's site was established in 1862, and was named Monument Hill.  

     It holds the remains of 113 pre-World War I veterans.  The second veteran's area is Soldier's Circle, dedicated

     in 1921, and now almost full with nearly 1200 veterans.  See our 'Maps and Directions' page to locate these

     sections.

    

     Much remains to be done to complete the infrastructure around Veteran's Grove.  Organizations and

     individuals are encouraged to inquire about donations to help complete this worthy project.  Please see

     the article below concerning the Friends of Lake View Cemetery, Inc.


Update - October 17, 2016


     Ground was broken Monday, October 17, 2016, for further work on the Veteran's Grove area.  A divided 

     roadway will be installed from the entrance gate to the flag, as well as a connector road from the existing

     burial area to the flag.  It is expected that this work will be completed this year if the weather holds. 



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Friends of Lake View Cemetery, Inc.

     The Friends of Lake View Cemetery, Inc., has been established and chartered as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit

     charitable organization dedicated to assisting the Lake View Cemetery Association with its short and

     long-term goals.  The Friends will act as a fund-raising arm of the Cemetery to aid in the completion of

     the Veteran's Grove project, other planned development, and endowment assistance.  Officers are:


     President -  David S. Alm 

     Vice-President - William R. Reynolds III

     Treasurer - Charles T. Hall

     Secretary - Samuel R. Genco

     Trustees - David S. Alm, Jane D. Kidder, Andrea L. Magnuson, Mathew M. Moore,

                           & Elaine M. Rissel, George C. Schwob III, Anthony F. Dolce, Daniel K. Nagle

                           Hugh B. Golden - Business Manager

     Organizations, businesses, or individuals wishing to inquire about any aspect of the Friends of Lake

     View Cemetery, Inc., are invited to phone the Cemetery office at 716-665-3206. 


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Decorating Graves

     When decorating, avoid using  stone, glass, or plastic "chips", and/or small "knick-knacks".  These

     items can become 'shrapnel' if accidentally struck by a mower or trimmer.  Keep decorations and plantings 

     within the bounds of the grave space, and as close to the marker or  monument as possible.  Don't simply 

     leave items at a gravesite without weeding and tending them occasionally.  Use mulch to keep down weeds,

     and to help the groundskeepers identify planting areas.  Please use discretion when decorating.  Avoid 

     excessive decorations, and be considerate of your "neighbors".  Keep in mind the ambiance of the cemetery 

     as a whole, rather than the display of just one individual gravesite. 


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  Featured Person or Family at Lake View Cemetery 

     (A continuing series about persons of note buried in Lake View Cemetery)

  (Jan., 2016)

Catherine Harris

 

        Chautauqua County holds a significant place in the history of the Underground Railroad (UGRR).  Its

        proximity to Lake Erie and Buffalo led to the formation of several well-tread routes and 'stations' for the

        transport of escaping slaves during the early and middle 1800's.  Catherine Harris became one of the

        'conductors' of this enterprise in the Jamestown area about 1831, which is when she is said to have moved

        to Jamestown from Buffalo - one of the first African-Americans to take up residence here.  It is thought 

        that she may have moved here specifically for that purpose.  She became well-known around town, and 

        was employed as a housekeeper, cook, and  midwife by a large number of families in the Jamestown area.


        Born in Titusville, PA, in 1809, she was twice married and spent most of her adult life in Jamestown,

        before passing away in 1907, at the age of ninety-eight.  Much of her life was spent at 12 West Seventh

        Street, in a home that housed many runaway slaves in its time, and served as the original meeting 

        place and early parsonage for what became the A.M.E. Zion Church.  In appreciation for Ms. Harris'

        contributions to the church and to Jamestown's history, a monument at her gravesite in Lake View 

        Cemetery was erected and dedicated in March of 1976 by the church.  


        In an interview for a Jamestown newspaper in 1902, Ms. Harris recalled the secrecy of the U.G.R.R.

        by stating that oftentimes she had no knowledge of the identity of the persons who dropped off or 

        picked up her 'boarders'.  Many of the people she aided were also shy and spoke little, for fear of 

        being betrayed into the hands of their former masters.  It is known that Ms. Harris was assisted in her

        efforts by Silas Shearman, Phineas Crossman, and Dr. William Hedges, all of whom are buried in 

        Lake View Cemetery, but there are undoubtedly a number of others whose names are unknown that

        contributed to this noble effort.

 

        

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Catherine Harris
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