Potsdam in St. Lawrence County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Visitors welcome, but enter at your own risk. Open during daylight hours. This is an active burial ground: please show respect on premises.
For further information: Glenn Collins, Sexton Office behind gatehouse 315/265-3790.
SYMBOLS IN THE STONES
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, tombstones tended to threaten or moralize. In the nineteenth century, especially the Victorian era, tombstones emphasized rebirth, salvation, eternal life, and connection to the living mourners.
Here are a few examples in Bayside Cemetery, from the early 19th century to the present.
angels weeping, watching, praying = tended in heaven
finger pointing up = loved one is in heaven, look there for him or her
broken column = deceased cut down in prime
wheat sheaf = gathering the deceased as harvest to the next world
mourning female = sorrow, grief personified
obelisk = from earth to rebirth in heaven
cherub = in the company of angels
damaged urn or column
weeping willow = sorrow on earth
lamb = innocence, usually child
clasped hands = goodbye at death
book = deceased was teacher or minister. Bible = look here for the answer
Erected 2008 by Daniel Brouwer, Boy Scout Eagle Project.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 44° 39.386′ N, 74° 59.62′ W. Marker is in Potsdam, New York, in St. Lawrence County. Marker is on Bayside Cemetery Road 0.1 miles east of Clarkson Avenue (County Route 59), on the left when traveling east. Marker is on the causeway to the burial ground, beyond the gatehouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Potsdam NY 13676, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Home and Country (approx. 0.2 miles away); Potsdam Raquette River Walk - Hydro Site (approx. 0.8 miles away); Potsdam Raquette River Walk (approx. 0.8 miles away); James McCormick (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Potsdam Raquette River Walk (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Potsdam Raquette River Walk (approx. 0.9 miles away); In Loving Memory (approx. 0.9 miles away); In Honor of the Students and Alumni (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Potsdam.
More about this marker. The marker includes a map.
Regarding Bayside Cemetery.
Also see . . . Potsdam Public Museum - Bayside Cemetery. (Submitted on November 12, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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