Cemetery Vandalized

The old Chapel

The Beechwood cemetery in the Town of Kendall, Orleans County has been vandalized. On 21 Oct. a Sheriff’s Deputy discovered that a building had once been a Chapel had some damage including the windows being knocked out. Then a couple of days later the caretaker, who is also the Town highway superintendent, discovered that 32 tombstone had been toppled and some had been broken.

Beechwood is an old cemetery. The oldest tombstone dates from 1838 but it is still active. There are approximately 2000 to 2500 burials in this rural cemetery. It is located on the southeast corner of W. Kendall Road and Woodchuck Alley.

I visited the cemetery yesterday. The old chapel has a lot of graffiti on the inside. Some of the tombstones that were toppled must have weighed at least 500 pounds. The vandalism must have been done by more than one person.

The Town Supervisor has said that they will try to repair or replace tombstones. That would take some heavy equipment to raise the pieces of large tombstones back into place.

One tombstone reduced to pieces

Kendall Town Board has budgeted $1,500 for a new surveillance system to try to deter this from ever happening again in the cemetery.

There is a great list of tombstones in this cemetery on the Orleans County GenWeb site that is run by Sharon Kerridge. Plus there the list of tombstones with some tombstone photos on the Beechwood page of Find-A-Grave.

Click on the photos to see a larger size.

Other toppled tombstones