Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

July 19, 2006

For Release: Immediate
Press Contact:
Wendy Gibson
Catherine Jimenez

Schoharie County Cemetery Recongnized For Its History

(Albany, NY, Wednesday, July 19, 2006 ...) New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Bernadette Castro today recognized the Upper Middleburgh Cemetery in Schoharie County and its official listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Commissioner Bernadette Castro & Gerald Bowman

"With the support of Governor Pataki, New York has been a leader in safeguarding our state's historic treasures and providing opportunities for communities and individuals to protect and enhance their local heritage," said Commissioner Castro, State Historic Preservation Officer. "By recognizing and identifying these properties worthy of preservation, we are taking pride in the unique history that has shaped our local communities and building a firm foundation for improving quality of life for future generations."

The Upper Middleburgh Cemetery was listed on the State Register of Historic Places on September 14, 2003 and entered on the National Register of Historic Places on November 17, 2003. The cemetery, established in 1865, contains a chapel, several crypts and large tombs, and is the final resting place for some of Middleburgh's earliest settlers, including the graves of 61 Civil War veterans as well as the grave of former New York State Governor William C. Bouck who served between 1843 and 1845.

The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York State and the nation. Official recognition can help highlight that state's heritage and can enhance local preservation efforts. Benefits of Registers listing include eligibility for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits. There are more than 4,400 National Register listings in New York State, including more than 85,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state.

For more information about the State and National Registers program, contact the Historic Preservation Field Services Bureau at (518) 237-8643, or visit the state parks web site at