Chaffee makes a distinction between ‘public’ and ‘private’ burying grounds.
Over the course of more than 50 years, he has personally transcribed the information from some 25,000 headstones in over 150 local cemeteries large and small.
His knowledge of the location of even the most obscure family burying grounds is encyclopedic.
Private rural burial customs in the early years of Finger Lakes settlement reflect both superstition and economic reality.
Graves were oriented in a west-to-east direction, with the head to the west, the idea being that if the dead were able to sit up they would face the sunrise.
They're listed in alphabetical order: This is a lively little winery, with an onsite cafe and frequent events and music offerings.
It's also one of the older farm wineries on Cayuga Lake.Some return to the earth, disappearing with barely a trace.Others, sometimes preserved by strangers, often overgrown and decaying and not always easy to find, are local landmarks.Some are quite serious about the quality of their wines. The top variety is Riesling, a vinifera (classic European) grape that produces both sweet and dry wines, plus excellent ice wine.Other notable Finger Lakes varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.We can help you with designing a plan that will get you online and recognized.