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Cornell students experience Mount Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 April 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – Cornell University students climbed the Civil War memorial at Mount Albion Cemetery this afternoon.

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.

The students pose on the sandstone steps leading to Mount Albion Tower.