If you've had occasion to drive to Springfield via Main Street in Millburn, you may have noticed that just before you go over Rte 78 there's a little dead end street that angles off to the right. You may or may not have noticed that there is a cemetery there, which turns out to to be quite old and interesting. Attached is a photo of the headstone of a poor young guy who died of his wounds after the Battle of Antietam in the Civil War, the "bloodiest day in U.S. history" according to Wikipedia. Also attached is a photo of the headstone of one "Wooldridge Eaglesfield" - love that name - "native of England, b. 1777, d. 1838"
The strangest thing is that in one quadrant of the cemetery, there is a fenced in chained up baseball field. Cries out for investigation.
I grew up there as a tyke. There were/are revolutionary war era stones in that cemetery.
They were brown sandstone and were quite worn out when I went through there in the '50's.
That may be what is behind the fence.
The Presbyterian church should have information.
The baseball field is accessible via Morris Ave
I’m probably going to hell for this, but as a kid I played in that cemetery all the time. We never damaged anything, but mostly ran around a lot. Some of the houses on Mechanic St in Millburn back up to it and I had friends there, so playing in the cemetery was just to be expected
what amazing local history!
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Aug 27, 2022 at 1:00pm