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Built in 1907, New Suffolk School educates children in New Suffolk from grades Pre-K through 6.  Within the school’s three classrooms, under the guidance of outstanding teachers, students study the general subjects of English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. Also offered through part-time teachers are enrichment classes in Physical Education, Music, Art and Drama. 

Step Back in History Field Trip

We love taking part in Southold Historical Society's "Step Back in History" week! Mrs. Murphy, and all of the volunteers do such a wonderful job planning and organizing! 

Fifth and Sixth Grade social studies students visited Southold Presbyterian Church's Old Burial Ground. There are about twenty graves dating back to the 1600s! Lots of people come from all over to see these stones. Many of the old stones are made from slate, marble, or sandstone. Most of the stone is from Connecticut, where the carvings were done. Many of the stones are cracked and very weathered; some are illegible now.  

The West End is the oldest section of the cemetery.  Many of the gravestones have skeletal images on them, and because people were afraid of death, they added angel wings to the bones.  Most headstones were facing the west, and some had a matching foot stone facing the east.

There were a few Box Tombs, or raised boxes. The deceased are still buried underground, though. The stone boxes are made of sandstone, and due to weathering, many of the epitaphs have eroded away. 

Burial ground is like an outdoor museum, and the epitaphs, or writings on the gravestones, explain a lot about the history of its' owner.   Mrs. Butkovich did a lovely job explaining the history of this site. She taught us how to do grave rubbings on many of the newer gravestones that were made from granite. 

 

This is the grave of Captain William Squires. In 1885 his boat ran aground on Fire Island. He told his crew, "Put as many clothes on as you can, and climb up the rigging." They then tied themselves up to the rigging so they wouldn't fall into the water. They ended up freezing to death. Captain Squires' body was found in Hampton Bays, his hometown. They erected a gravestone for him there, as well as in Southold where he owned a house. No one knows where he's actually buried. 

This is the grave of Captain William Squires. In 1885 his boat ran aground on Fire Island. He told his crew, "Put as many clothes on as you can, and climb up the rigging." They then tied themselves up to the rigging so they wouldn't fall into the water. They ended up freezing to death. Captain Squires' body was found in Hampton Bays, his hometown. They erected a gravestone for him there, as well as in Southold where he owned a house. No one knows where he's actually buried. 

A box tomb with most of the epitaph eroded away

A box tomb with most of the epitaph eroded away

A restored box tomb of a priest of the church

A restored box tomb of a priest of the church

Mrs. Butkovich explaining the directions for grave rubbing

Mrs. Butkovich explaining the directions for grave rubbing

Anna was excited to find a family name of Tuthill in the cemetery  

Anna was excited to find a family name of Tuthill in the cemetery  

Madeline found a beautiful granite headstone

Madeline found a beautiful granite headstone

Joe chose to do a rubbing of a floral portion of this large monument  

Joe chose to do a rubbing of a floral portion of this large monument  

I even tried one! My headstone was older, covered in lichen, which made it difficult to get a clear rubbing, 

I even tried one! My headstone was older, covered in lichen, which made it difficult to get a clear rubbing, 

We had a great time, as always! (Oh, Anna!) 

We had a great time, as always! (Oh, Anna!) 

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