Cemeteries: Here and There!
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This cache starts in Doty Park in honor of the Stoutenburgh family, "Founders" of Hyde Park. This is an offset cache where, after calculating the coordinates from part 1, it will lead you to the final cache. The final cache is a bison tube. BYOP. After finding the final stage, check out 2 other caches we placed in the same area.
This cache was originally named: "Found'ers". Since it was archived, we are changing the location of the final hide. (It's not in Doty Park.) Don't be surprised where it takes you. (Never trust town assessor's maps!)
The goal of this placement is to make visitors aware of the early history of Hyde Park.
NOTE: the cemetery is the private property of the Stoutenburgh family. Please do not enter the cemetery via the gate or over the stone wall.
The posted coordinates bring you to the gate of the cemetery. Find the date that the burying ground was established.
A = 1st digit
B = 2nd digit
C = 3rd digit
D = 4th digit
N 41 47. E F G
W 073 54. H I J
In the early 18th century, New York City and Albany were the main centers of civilization along the banks of the Hudson River, and the land where Dutchess County is now was largely uninhabited, trackless forest.
The Hudson was pretty much the sole mode of transportation and the key to commerce in colonial New York, and there was much money to be made in the fur trade. With the aim of establishing a trading post along the river, Jacobus Stoutenburgh, the grandson of the first treasurer of old New Amsterdam, started north from the city. He soon established a successful fur trading post with landing near where the Hyde Park railroad station is today.
Near where the first Stoutenburgh house stood at the intersection of West Market Street and Park Place is located the Stoutenburgh family cemetery where many of the first residents are laid to rest. The cemetery, located near Doty Avenue, is the last piece of land out of the original Stoutenburgh estate that remains in family hands. Nobody has owned it except for Jacobus Stoutenburgh and his descendants.
Jacobus had nine children in all. Following his death, son Luke was given the piece of land that is now the hamlet of Hyde Park, and he donated the land on which was built the Hyde Park Reformed Dutch Church (location of the LITTLE WHITE CHURCH cache, GC301EG, a nice multi-cache nearby, be sure to check it out).
While the Stoutenburghs haven't had the kind of acclaim that relative newcomers as the Roosevelts and Vanderbilts have enjoyed, interest in the family has grown. And, while there are no Roosevelts or Vanderbilts around anymore, representatives of the Stoutenburgh line have always and still do live in Hyde Park.
(Thanks to D. X. Barton for the article "Stoutenburghs Started It All," Taconic Newspapers, date unknown)
*** KUDOS for: ==> FTF - big dawgs ==> STF - Hawk (flying solo w/o navigation devices)
*** Warning: I just received information (4/9/17) that the final hide is located near "hairy vine" poison ivy. Please be careful.
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