May 2018

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By Deborah Bauder

OCC has a bit of a secret. Tucked in the trees on the edge of campus is a piece of local history that most people don’t even know is there. The General Ellis Cemetery, with a first recorded burial in 1798, has been largely forgotten by all but the most dedicated of local history buffs. And yet it houses a rather interesting piece of American history in its woody grove – the final resting place of one of Syracuse’s earliest pioneers.