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Mystery at the Cemetery History and Writing Challenge

Ballston Spa Village Cemetery has only three vaults.  The earliest mausoleum is of the family of James Cook, first president of the Ballston Spa Bank and.  The newest was erected by a Long Island merchant and his wife Isabell Curtis Gillespie, sister of Elmer Curtis, founder of Curtis Lumber Co. The third has its folklore. … Read more »

Our Volunteer of the Year!

This past year, from early spring through late fall, we had one amazing individual who helped in several areas of improvement for our cemetery. Bill Preston singlehandedly cleaned all of the grave stones in the Old Catholic Cemetery (OCC) section.  These stones were extremely dirty and difficult (if not impossible) to read.  A few of… Read more »

New Cemetery Section

This spring the Ballston Spa Village Cemetery will have a new section of grave lots available (Section ‘G’). This new area will be in the northern end of the large vacant field that is just a few yards on your right after entering from Garrett Road. Due to financial limitations, only the northern end of this section… Read more »

The new Garrett Road Entrance

Early in 2013 the Board of Directors of the Ballston Spa Cemetery Association began investigating the possibility of improving and redesigning this entrance. This access to the cemetery has been an eyesore for many years. It is the primary entrance which most visitors and funeral processions use to enter the grounds. We decided to hire… Read more »

James M. Cook plot

In the summer of 2015 the Ballston Spa National Bank generously provided the funds and hired a contractor to make much needed repairs to gravesite plot of James M. Cook. Mr. Cook was the first president of what is now Ballston Spa National Bank (BSNB). Mr. Cook’s vault was starting to deteriorate and the wrought… Read more »

John W. Taylor & family gravestone repairs

In 2015 the cemetery association was pleasantly surprised with an offer to fund the repairs of these three gravestones. Ed and Ellie Fernau have lived in the house that John W. Taylor built for over 40 years and were quite disappointed at the state of disrepair of the Taylor gravestones. John W.’s stone had broken… Read more »

Section signs in the cemetery

Over the years section identification signs in the cemetery have disappeared, become unreadable or become difficult to find. This past year we have constructed and installed some new signs throughout the grounds to better identify the sections. This is an ongoing effort and a few signs have yet to be installed. The new signs combined… Read more »

Information Leaflet

Late in 2014 we developed a tri-fold leaflet. This leaflet contains a basic map of the cemetery, a brief history and some biographical information for a few of our notable ‘residents’. There is a weatherproof box on a post just inside the Garrett Road entrance containing these leaflets.