August Hawkins and his sister Prudence around 1900


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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

Oaklawn Cemetery

 If checked, this is a Supplemental Form, not in the original surveys.

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Inventory Code:   Br01.3-S  
Prepared Date:   5/18/2004  
Last Modified:   8/11/2011  
Submitter Name:   John Deitz
Submitter Address:   7 Locust Rd.

Brookhaven, NY 11719  
1-Site Name:   Oaklawn Cemetery  
2a-County:   Suffolk     2b-Town:   Brookhaven     2c-Village:   Hamlet of Brookhaven
Address:   North End of Arthur Ave., off Montauk Hwy.  
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)  
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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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  J. Deitz  
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