Historic and Natural Districts Inventory Form

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Unless indicated below, this is a transcript of the original Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities/Town of Brookhaven survey form. Corrections to obvious typographical and spelling errors have been made. Corrections to factual errors, updates or comments on the information are either enclosed in [square brackets], or will be clearly indicated as updated material. Since most of the surveys were conducted in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, much of the information reflects that time period.

Sites with an Inventory Code suffix of “S” are supplemental sites not included in the original surveys.

Historic and Natural Districts Inventory Form




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Submitter Name:
John Deitz
Submitter Address:
7 Locust Rd.

Brookhaven, NY 11719


Oaklawn Cemetery
Hamlet of Brookhaven


A small community cemetery.


The Oaklawn Cemetery in Brookhaven is at the north end of Arthur Avenue, north of Montauk Highway. It resulted from a meeting of twelve residents, held at the home of Nathaniel Miller, on March 20, 1890. He and James H. Post gave six acres of land for a nonsectarian burial ground. There had been a small Methodist Episcopal Cemetery on the west side of Beaver Dam Road, across from the High School, maintained in connection with the Methodist Church. Many old headstones from that cemetery and from family graveyards, such as those from the Rose and Sweezey fanmilies, were relocated in Oaklawn. (Bigelow)

5- Map


Oaklawn Cemetery Association. Mailing Address: PO Box 415, Brookhaven, New York 11719. Phone: (631) 286-0204, John E. Barry.

Stephanie S. Bigelow. Bellport and Brookhaven: A Saga of the Sibling Hamlets at Old Purchase South. Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society. 1968.

7-Threats to Area

By Zoning
By Roads
By Developers
By Deterioration
Other: Vandalism is always a problem with cemeteries. However, it has rarely been observed at Oaklawn.

8-Local Attitudes Toward the Area



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Prepared By

J. Deitz

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