Dunbar Hollow Cemetery

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2008, by Margaret Mendel


It's just at the south end of Dunbar Hollow Road.

Turn right from Ravena-Westerlo Road [Rte 143] at the foot of Dormansville hill, and proceed 1-5 miles, turn left at red schoolhouse, proceed and keep to the right then the next left to the end of the road, [Dunbar Hollow Road], and go to the next house. Cemetery north of house.[1](Need GPS coordinates)


The cemetery is really quite ragged now with tombstones dislodged by trees, and the ravage of time has taken its toll. The carvings of names, birth dates and death dates are hardly legible on many of the marble headstones, worn away by rain and snow. There is a very old metal fence that supposedly encircles the graves, but tombstones are strewn about the area both inside and outside of the fence, and it’s really quite difficult to tell where the graves actually were. And it is such a strange sensation to walk in that area, the earth is so soft and thick with a dense groundcover you hardly know whose bones you might be treading on.[2]


(In July 1927 Mr. and Mrs William Van Derpoel Hannay transcribed inscriptions of 14 stones. Someday we hope someone will transcribe them to this site. I, Hal Miller have a copy of the transcription, but not the time to post it.)


  1. Mr and Mrs. William Van Derpoel Hannay
  2. Margaret Mendel