Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn

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Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn

Post by ElijahW » Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:25 pm


On September 7, 2020, I surveyed this historic cemetery in the once-prominent city of Auburn, NY. Resting place of Harriet Tubman and William Seward, Fort Hill is still pretty well kept up and well worth a visit if you're in the area. Many of the trees I measured presumably date to the late 19th century, though some certainly are as old or older than the cemetery itself, which was established in 1851

Though I grew up in the Auburn area, I've only been to Fort Hill a couple of times, and never had seen the entirety of the grounds. On this trip, that changed. I believe I saw all that was there to see, and had a really enjoyable time. Here are some photos I took:
Logan Monument (Logan was a chief of the Cayuga tribe of the Iroquois)
Logan Monument (Logan was a chief of the Cayuga tribe of the Iroquois)
Big Cucumber Magnolia
Big Cucumber Magnolia
Large dying American Beech
Large dying American Beech
My measurements:

Black Maple Acer nigrum

84.7' x 10.09'
82.1' x 9.36'

Norway Maple Acer platanoides

73.8' x 9.69'

Silver Maple Acer saccharinum

92.3' x 10.30'

Sugar Maple Acer saccharum

82.8' x 11.52'

Bitternut Hickory Carya cordiformis

105.0' x 7.50'

Pignut Hickory Carya glabra

100.1' x 9.79'

Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida

30.2' (multiple trunks)

American Beech Fagus grandifolia

105.3' x 11.54'
81.8' x 9.79'
75.8' x 10.50'

European Beech Fagus sylvatica

74.1' x 13.47'

Eastern Redcedar Juniperus virginiana

56.6' x 5.47'

European Larch Larix decidua

86.3' x 9.60'

Tuliptree Liriodendron tulipifera

105.5' x 15.60'

Cucumber Magnolia Magnolia acuminata

80.9' x 15.48'

Norway Spruce Picea abies

103.5' x 8.38'

White Spruce Picea glauca

59.7' x 4.03'

Blue Spruce Picea pungens

79.5' x 6.06'

Eastern White Pine Pinus strobus

100.9' x 10.23'

Black Cherry Prunus serotina

87.5' x 8.95'

Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir Pseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca

87.6' x 6.97'

Scarlet Oak Quercus coccinea

66.6' x 8.15'

Northern Red Oak Quercus rubra

105.0' x 13.80'
90.3' x 14.03'
86.4' x 17.38'

Arborvitae Thuja occidentalis

58.8' (multiple trunks)

American Basswood Tilia americana

88.2' x 11.28'

Eastern Hemlock Tsuga canadensis

74.4' x 7.89' (dying)
69.0' x 7.09'

Rucker 10 Height Index: 100.5'
Rucker 10 Girth Index: 12.7'


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