|The angel standing guard over Chester Arthur, 21st president of the United States.|
Before Albany Rural Cemetery was established, people began objecting to the over-crowded church burial grounds within the Albany city limits.
The rural cemetery movement reflected how death was beginning to be viewed. Gone was the puritanical pessimism, and in came images of hope, immortality and salvation.
|Oscar Lenz sculpture on the Hilton mausoleum, owners of Hilton Bridge & Construction Company.|
Then, as now, the Albany Rural Cemetery is a beautiful and peaceful location to walk, run, ride a bike, or take a drive along its winding roads, wooded hills and beautiful burial monuments.
Among the more than 135,000 people buried in Albany Rural Cemetery are a panoply of famous and interesting people.
Know before you go: This is still an active cemetery, so please be respectful if you encounter mourners or a funeral. Move to a different section and avoid photographing toward the group.
Getting there: Cemetery Ave, Albany, NY
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