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Ulster County Poorhouse Cemetery
New Paltz, Ulster County, New York

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Ulster County Poorhouse

GPS: 41.722318, -74.118114

Ulster County Fairgrounds
249 Libertyville Road
New Paltz, NY 12561

Published: July 17, 2016
Total records: 1,806


Ulster County Poorhouse Cemetery still exists but is no longer in use. It's located on the present Ulster County Fairgrounds, adjacent to the swimming pool parking lot.

Ulster County Poorhouse existed between the years 1828 and 1976. The poorhouse was a tax-supported residential institution to which people were required to go if they could not support themselves without community assistance. Thousands of individuals, including the indigent, the destitute, the insane, the intemperate, transient farm workers, freed slaves, unemployed canal and aqueduct builders, "debauched" women, unwed mothers, the friendless, the elderly, the disabled and the sick, called this site their home.

The cemetery contains the remains of some 2,500 persons.

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Records published here were acquired from the County of Ulster, on July 17, 2016. The records were compiled from County Hall of Records, the New Paltz Town Clerk's office, the Huguenot Historical Society records and various newspaper accounts from the Haviland-Herdgard Historical Collection at the Elting Library.The records give the name, death date, age, race, cause of death and town where available. The names are those believed to be buried at the site, not necessarily all of those who died in residence.

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