Patterson Community Church

Formerly the Patterson Presbyterian Church, the church, the buildings (Grange and Fellowship Hall), and the cemetery have an amazing history dating back to the 1700’s. Revolutionary war heros, Sybil Ludington and her father Colonel Ludington are buried in the cemetery behind the church.

Taken in Patterson, Rural Cemetery with a Pentax ZX-L, SMC Pentax-F 35-70mm f3.5-4.5 and Tri-X 400.

Sybil Ludington Statue, Carmel, NY

The statue, erected in 1961, is by Anna Hyatt Huntington.

Sybil Ludington was 16 years old on the night of April 26, 1777, when she rode 40 miles — more than twice the distance ridden by Paul Revere — from Danbury, Connecticut, to Carmel, New York, warning everyone that the British were planning to attack Danbury.

Her bronze statue depicts Sybil on horseback, screaming, and waving the stick that she used to knock on doors and whack highwaymen who got in her way. It was sculpted by Anna Hyatt Huntington, and dedicated on June 3, 1961.

A slightly smaller version of the statue stands in Danbury, which, despite Sybil’s heroic efforts, was still attacked by the British. (Roadside

Taken with a Pentax ZX-L, SMC Pentax-F 35-70mm f3.5-4.5 and Tri-X 400.

A corner of Gilead cemetery

I liked the dappled light, and the old gravestones and in the background the old, weathered building with vines growing over it.

Some of the earliest settlers of the region were buried here, when it was attached to a since-demolished Baptist meeting house built in the mid-18th century. Among those buried here later include Enoch Crosby, a Revolutionary War spy believed to be the model for the title character of James Fenimore Cooper’s novel The Spy, and Joel Frost, a local politician who later served in the New York State Legislature and for a single term in the House of Representatives.

The headstones themselves also display an unusual range of funerary art from the first graves through the last historically significant ones, in 1929. The earliest illustrate changing Protestant notions of the role of death in the later years of the 18th century. For these reasons it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 (entry #88002684). (Wikipedia)

Taken with a Pentax ZX-L, SMC Pentax-F 35-70mm f3.5-4.5 and Tri-X 400.