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:
Town of Brookhaven/SPLIA
Submitter Address:
Town Hall
205 S. Ocean Ave.
Patchogue, NY 11772
Brookhaven Community Development Agency


Rose Cemetery
Hamlet of Brookhaven


Rose Cemetery is located in a farmer's field, midway between Mott Lane and Edgar Avenue, about one third of a mile south of Beaver Dam Road. It is reached by a cart path, and measures approximately 35' by 50'. It once contained about twenty-five graves, but some were moved to Oaklawn Cemetery in 1873 when that cemetery opened [incorrect, Oaklawn Cemetery opened in 1890.] Many of the gravestones are now broken. Only a half dozen remain standing.


The Rose family were the first to settle and farm on Beaver Dam Road. It was largely through their efforts that Beaver Dam Road was created a road by the early town fathers (1735). The cemetery lies behind the site of an early Rose house, now gone. Two officers of the Revolutionary War, both Roses, lie buried here. Other graves of early nineteenth century residents are record of the Rose family who passed out of influence by the 1840s.

5- Map

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Cemetery Book, Town Historian's Office, Port Jefferson, N.Y., compiled in the 1930's.

7-Threats to Area

By Zoning
By Roads
By Developers
By Deterioration

8-Local Attitudes Toward the Area

The Rose Cemetery has been slowly eroded in size by farming of the area, but was recently fenced by the Town, through the efforts of the Brookhaven Village Association Cemetery Committee


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Ellen Williams, research assistant

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