Two stone pillars and a large iron gate mark the entrance to an impressive cemetery that overlooks the Susquehanna River and the town Owego below.
Established in 1851, Evergreen Cemetery covers 51 acres of a beautifully landscaped and terraced hillside. Designed in the “Rural” style, small streams and stone fences meander across the grounds and a variety of stone monuments mark the sites where many of the past residence of Owego now rest in peace. One of the most visited gravesites in the cemetery is that of a young Indian maiden known as Sa-Sa-Na Loft, who died in a tragic train accident after visiting Owego in 1852. Located at one of the highest points in the cemetery, her monument overlooks the Susquehanna River Valley and the historic Village of Owego, offering one of the most picturesque views in New York’s Southern Tier. There are also unique sections of the cemetery devoted to groups such as veterans of the Civil War and firefighters.
In 2002, Evergreen Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and today, the narrow roadway that climbs and winds through this peaceful setting gives visitors a truly reflective moment on New York’s Path Through History.
Photos Courtesy of:
Tioga County Historical Society