Day 144

Lawrence Cemetery

May 22nd, 2012

This ancient family burial ground, tucked away on 20th Road in Astoria, was founded in 1703 (or 1656, according to some). Its current caretaker, James Sheehan, is no relation to the Lawrences, but found himself in charge of things almost 50 years ago after the death of his father-in-law, who had inherited the cemetery from a Lawrence. It's not open to the public, but a couple of years ago a group of friends and I were lucky enough to pass by when James was inside, and he was happy to show us around.

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