Remsen in Oneida County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
From Obscure Grave Site to Public Memorial
Reburial & Commemoration
When road construction disturbed Steubenís burial site in 1804, his former aide and estate executor, Benjamin Walker, had the baronís body moved to the five-acre wooded area, now called the Sacred Grove. Walker donated 50 acres, including the baronís grave site, to the Welsh Baptist Society, which agreed to maintain and preserve the Sacred Grove.
In 1824, caught up in the renewed patriotic fervor that swept the nation after the War of 1812, the citizens of Oneida County placed a simple limestone marker bearing the inscription STEUBEN over the baronís grave. By 1857, that marker had deteriorated, causing German-American societies and newspapers to launch a fundraising campaign to erect a permanent memorial. Completed in 1872 with assistance from New York State, that grander public monument commemorates Steubenís leadership role in the struggle for American independence.
A Fitting Memorial
To celebrate the bicentennial of the baronís 1730 birth, New York State enacted legislation creating the 50-acre Steuben Memorial State Historic Site with the Sacred Grove at its commemorative center.
The state built and furnished a replica log cabin in 1936 to interpret the baronís life. Its design was based on an 1857 engraved version of the 1802 pencil drawing of the cabin by Reverend John Taylor. Land on which the Baronís original cabin stood was donated to the state in the 1990s and is located nearby.
Steuben Memorial State Historic Site maintains a long and proud New York State tradition of commemorating people, places, and events that shaped our early nation. Thank you for honoring Steuben with your visit today.
Topics. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1680.
Location. 43° 20.235′ N, 75° 14.008′ W. Marker is in Remsen, New York, in Oneida County. Marker can be reached from Star Hill Road (County Route 57), on the left when traveling east. Marker is located at the parking lot in Steuben Memorial State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Remsen NY 13438, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this Paying Tribute to the Baron (here, next to this marker); Baron Von Steuben: Father of the American Infantry (here, next to this marker); Steuben State Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacred Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); This Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Steuben (within shouting distance of this marker); General Baron Frederick William von Steuben (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); German-American Organizations (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Remsen.
More about this memorial. A map in the center of the marker shows the locations of the marker, the 1824 & 1872 monuments, the replica cabin, the original grave site and the historic trail leading to the Sacred Grove. † A newspaper article on the left contains the caption “Horatio Seymour, former governor of New York and native of Utica laid the cornerstone for the monument in the Sacred Grove in 1870.” † Three photos on the marker depict statues of Baron von Steuben. These include a bronze statue in Lafayette Park, Washington, D.C.; a statue at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in New Jersey; and a duplicate of the Lafayette Park statue in Potsdam, Germany. † Several different pictures of Steubenís grave also appear on the marker.
Also see . . . Biography of Friedrich Wilhelm Augustus von Steuben. (Submitted on August 13, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 13, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 13, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 7, 8, 9. submitted on February 22, 2021, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.