Cover image for Auburn's Fort Hill Cemetery
Title:
Auburn's Fort Hill Cemetery
Author:
Rosell, Lydia J.
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Publication Information:
Charleston, SC : Arcadia, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
128 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780738509570
Format :
Book

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F129.A7 R67 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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The distinctive dome-shaped hills scattered throughout Fort Hill Cemetery were formed ten thousand years ago when receding glaciers deposited debris in piles. Centuries later, these dunes are covered with topsoil that supports the growth of trees and foliage. The result is an atmosphere reverberant with magic. This ambiance was felt by the area's many settlers, from the ancient culture of Mound Builders to the the Cayuga nation of the Iroquois Confederacy and even the descendants of the European settlers who pushed out the Cayugas and decided to use the land as a cemetery, to preserve its wild and majestic beauty. Judge Elijah Miller, William H. Seward's father-in-law, was instrumental in making that happen-and was the first person to be buried there. The influence of the site's mysticism is not limited to human perception. Tens of thousands of crows convene there from fall through spring for orientation to urban survival. It is as though Fort Hill is the Ellis Island for the corvine population. Before the crows arrive for their wintry bivouac, the monarch butterflies converge in early fall to perform their ritual aerial ballet in preparation for the migratory journey to the Yucatan.