Although I have a reputation as a photographer of watery situations, I have spent many years driving around this area, enjoying what I see, be it mountains, wildflowers or trees. Often my mother would come with me and we’d make many stops by a roadside to have a closer look at plants or to bring a specimen home in my plant press (if there were enough to spare) for further identification. Always my camera at hand.
We came across 2 areas as yet unexplained to us. The first is on Trout Pond Road, maybe a couple of miles in from Rte 9. I saw a sign saying Crossett Cemetery. There were two small tombstones. They were a bit hard to read due to deep shadows with bright sunlight. One is Eran Crossett, Jan 16, 1857, 30 yrs, 5 mos. The other is James D. Crossett, Jan 31, 1857.
The rest on both stones is yet to be deciphered. Between them is a recently planted American flag.
Steele Woods Road Tombstone
On another occasion of our drives, we were on Steele Woods Road, between NYS Route 9N and Brainard’s Forge Road. (It is closer to Brainard Forge Rd than Rte 9N.)
My eye was caught by a gray something up on a berm on the edge of the road. Closer looks made it out to be the back of a tombstone. This one is looked after, as small American flags seem to be added each year for at least the past three or four years. This one is J.E. Terry, died March 1, 1842, 51 yrs.
Nothing in the surrounding area gave a hint of who this person was or why this location.
I would love to know the history of these people and why their stones are where they are. Until then, they sleep on…
View the full gallery of photographs from both sites.
- Eve Ticknor’s Boathouse Photos (rosslynredux.com)