Cornell students experience Mount Albion
ALBION – I had the pleasure this afternoon of leading a dozen students from Cornell University on a tour of Mount Albion Cemetery, which I consider one of the great marvels of Orleans County.
I talked about the impressive sandstone structures at the cemetery – the arch, the chapel, the office across the street, and the collection of hitching posts and carriage steps. It all culminates with the 68-foot-high tower at the back of the cemetery.
That tower, built in 1876, is a memorial to the 463 soldiers from Orleans County who died in the Civil War.
Thirty-three Cornell students, pursuing graduate degrees in historic preservation and city planning, have been touring Albion sites and working on preservation projects since Thursday.