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Oakwood Cemetery is a non-sectarian, non-profit cemetery located in Troy, New York. Founded in
1848, it is one of the nation’s best preserved examples of the 19th Century rural cemetery
movement. The entire cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
Oakwood is the final resting place of many of the Upstate New York’s most prominent citizens, including “Uncle Sam” Wilson, a respected Troy businessman who inspired the famous Uncle Sam icon. Oakwood’s Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel, featuring eight stained glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany, has been designated a National Historic Landmark. .
Oakwood Cemetery is owned and managed by The Troy Cemetery Association, Inc. Board of Trustees, comprised of unpaid volunteer lot owners elected by fellow lot owners. The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting policies, fund raising, and managing the finances, personnel and property of Oakwood. It is an active cemetery, open to all, offering a full range of affordable cemetery services.