Located on the north side of the city of Syracuse, prior to Oakwood, burials were made at Rose Hill Cemetery on 11.8 acres. But while the plan followed the trend of other cemeteries in terms of being located either outside the city limits or on the edges of those limits, many people found the spot inaccessible and lacking in the natural beauty which many newer rural cemeteries could claim.
With land purchases in the southern section of the city in 1857 and 1858, 92 acres would be added and construction would begin with the help of Howard Daniels, a noted landscape architect. Over time close to 75 more acres would be purchased.
The Oakwood Cemetery Association (formally "The Officers and Trustees of the Association of Oakwood") was formed on August 15, 1859 with Elias Warner Leavenworth, the cemetery's main proponent, as president.
The dedication of Oakwood Cemetery took place on November 3, 1859 and like similar ceremonies in other large New York cities such as Buffalo and Albany, the ceremony encompassed almost every aspect of Syracuse. Schools closed for the day as well as public offices. And the first burial took place five days later on November 8, 1859 and the first monument was erected in 1860.
Andrews, Mary Raymond - Novelist
Avery, Matthew Henry - Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General
Barnum, Henry Alanson - Civil War Union Brigadier General, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Baumgras, Peter - Artist
Belden, James Jerome - U.S. Congressman
Bennett, David Smith - U.S. Congressman
Blackwell, Carlyle - Actor, Director
Crosier, William Henry Harrison - Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.
Davis, Thomas Treadwell - U.S. Congressman
Driscoll, Michael Edward - U.S. Congressman
Earll, Nehemiah Hezekiah - U.S. Congressman
Franklin, Herbert H. – Inventor
Geddes, James - U.S. Congressman
Granger, Amos Phelps - U.S. Congressman
Heermans, Forbes – Author
Hiscock, Frank - U.S. Congressman
Hough, William Jervis - U.S. Congressman
Kenyon, John Snyders - Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Kirkpatrick, William - U.S. Congressman
Kritz, Karl – Conductor
Laflin, Addison Henry - U.S. Congressman
Leavenworth, Elias Warner - U.S. Congressman
Peck, John James - Civil War Union Major General
Poole, Theodore Lewis - U.S. Congressman
Sedgwick, Charles Baldwin - U.S. Congressman
Shawkey, James Robert - Major League Baseball Player
Stickley, Gustav - Furniture maker and pioneer of the American Arts & Crafts Movement
Sumner Sr., Edwin Vose - Civil War Union Major General
Tracy, William Gardner - Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
White, Horace – Governor of New York
Organized: August 15, 1859
Dedicated: November 3, 1859
Location: Syracuse, New York
Size: 160 acres
Photo albums - various cemeteries (Oakwood, Boonville, Mt. Adnah) from Old Fulton NY Postcards: http://fultonhistory.com/my%20photo%20albums/Mt.%20Adnah/index.html