Rye in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Walk Rye History
The Milton Burying Ground is Rye's oldest cemetery. Joseph Lyon (buried here with his wife Sarah) gave this one-acre plot to Rye around 1750. Some older graves were moved here, including that of Nehemiah Webb who died in 1722 at age 28. Many members of Rye's earliest families are buried here: Purdy, Brown, Disbrow,Budd, Sniffen, Theall, and Van Sicklin. In the northwest corner surrounded by an iron fence, you'll find the Halsted family plot with 21 graves, including that of Ezekiel Halsted, former owner of the Knapp House.
The gravestones tell us much about life in Rye during the 18th and 19th centuries. The tombstone for Samuel and Catherine Bouten reveals that their four children died in 1849 within a week of each other. It is thought that a scarlet fever epidemic tragically took their lives. Many gravestones show that Rye's residents lived into their 80s and 90s, including Sophia Parker who died in 1852 at age 97.
The cemetery has not been used for burials since the 1880s. Today, the Milton Cemetery is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Colonial Era. A significant historical year for this entry is 1750.
Location. 40° 57.942′ N, 73° 41.198′ W. Marker is in Rye, New York, in Westchester County. Marker is on Milton Road just south of Mayfield Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 421 Milton Rd, Rye NY 10580, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Timothy Knapp House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Purdy Burying Ground (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Playland Amusement Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Bird Homestead and Rye Meeting House (approx. half a mile away); Rye Meeting House (approx. half a mile away); Milton Commercial District (approx. half a mile away); Old Rye Fort 1675 (approx. 0.8 miles away); This is one of some 230 markers erected on the Boston Post Road in 1763 (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rye.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 6, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.