While the graveyard was once used by several families, since the 1970s the area has been sporadically cared for. At one point a fifteen foot locust tree grew at the base of Oakes Smith's marker. Vandals have broken several stones, including Oakes Smith's--twice. Since the 1980s, volunteers such as Peter Barry, a fireman in Patchogue, have kept the graves visible as much as possible, but the fate of the land is still in dispute.
The black and white images are from 1994. I am grateful to John Redshawe, a local resident, for recording the color images here in the fall of 2000.
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