FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2021
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North Hempstead to Restore Townsend Cemetery
North Hempstead, NY – Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Council Member Peter Zuckerman, and the Town Board are proud to announce that restoration efforts at the Townsend Cemetery in East Hills are now underway. This is being done in partnership with the Roslyn Landmark Society.
The Town has completed an extensive cleanup of the burial grounds and access road. In continuation of the restoration project, the Roslyn Landmark Society has applied for a grant from the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation to restore and record the cemetery in North Hempstead.
The proposed multi-phased project plan addresses the urgent need to survey and record the cemetery, and to provide recommendations for its conservation treatment and restoration. The overall goal is to protect the marks and headstones that are vulnerable to damage and deterioration due to weather.
The Townsend Cemetery dates to 1790 and was active for almost 104 years. Throughout this period, it was known as the Willis Farm Cemetery, Greenvale Cemetery and now the Townsend Cemetery. Currently nine headstones and five footstones are currently visible on the ground.