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Old Northport Burying Ground

Old Northport Burying Ground

A Brief History: Located on route 25A in Northport New York there is a small cemetery called the Old Northport Burying Ground that was established in 1751. The location has also been called the Henry Scudder Cemetery. On the site there is a historical marker stating ” Henry Scudder a brave and honest man”. This was said by New York Governor DeWitt Clinton in 1788.

Henry Scudder is a descendant of the Scudder Family that came to America on the Mayflower. He was born in 1743 and lived on a farm near Crab Meadow. In 1775 he was named 2ndLieutenant and was leading 80 men to march and fight. During the battle of Long Island he was captured but shortly released. When he returned to Huntington the British had taken over the town. Instead of being captured he fled to Connecticut.

While in Connecticut Scudder produced a detailed map of Fort Slongo. Thanks to Scudder 100 raiders were able to cross the Long Island Sound, and able to attack and defeat the British at Fort Slongo.

Haunted History: There have been claims of seeing an apparition of a man walking through the cemetery and then disappear. There have also been sounds of footsteps heard in the cemetery when no one else is there.

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