Collaborating with the Town’s Cemetery Committee, the Cemetery Supervisor, and the administration of the Department of Public Works Division of Highways and Grounds, The Friends designed and funded the permanent signage for the 25 indigenous Massachusetts trees - 24 of which are located in Sleepy Hollow, and one in the Old Hill Burying Ground.
Commenting on the efforts on behalf of the Board of Directors, President Kevin Thomas Plodzik remarked that “this project was one that had long interested The Friends, and we are very pleased in its realization. It could not have been occurred without the expressed support of the Cemetery Committee and the work of the Cemetery and Highways and Grounds professionals, who carried out extensive research and were responsible for the installation of the signs. One tree of each designated species is now so marked for easy identification. In addition, we are truly grateful to our generous donors without whom our many other accomplished projects in the Cemetery like gate entrance signs and maps, granite benches, descriptive marker at the renovated Melvin Memorial, and others, could not have taken place.”
A high quality map detailing the location and name of each of the trees, can be downloaded or printed by clicking the map image on this page.
This permanent sign at the Melvin Memorial in the Cemetery is a gift from The Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and was installed for the rededication of the refurbished Memorial on June 19, 2019.
The Board of The Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, in collaboration with the Town’s Cemetery Committee, prepared the text for it.
The sign relates the story of and honors the memory of the three Concord Melvin brothers, Asa, John, and Samuel, all of whom perished in the Civil War. The Memorial was the work of Daniel Chester French commissioned at the request of the remaining Melvin brother James, and was formally dedicated in 1909. The text further describes the restoration work of the Memorial, and serves to inform the many visitors to the site.
In support of the need for public posting of Cemetery Regulations, The Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery funded the production and installation of appropriately distinctive welcome and informative signs at the various gate entrances to the Cemetery.
The Regulations were formulated by the Town’s Cemetery Committee and were endorsed by The Friends.
Located at key positions in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is an informative street/ path map of the Cemetery assisting visitors.
Handcrafted by the husband of a Board member of The Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the holding cases display the Cemetery map with the numbered gravesites of well-known persons whose names and biographical data are thus referenced. Visitors are thus informed and are able to find the indicated sites.