Programs and Projects
Throughout the year, OHCC sponsors several events:
Monthly gravestone cleaning and restoration workshops at Dale and Sparta Cemeteries. These take place from April to October. Volunteers learn:
Hands-on cleaning techniques
Simple resetting of fallen stones
Historic cemetery art and traditions
Educational opportunities and community service credits available
Historical Cemetery Tours and Presentations
Local historians and storytellers present guided tours of Ossining’s Historic Dale and Sparta Cemeteries, as well as lectures and themed events.
Picnics and Concerts
In keeping with the tradition of 19th-century rural cemeteries, the OHCC sponsors picnics at Dale Cemetery (est. 1851 under the Rural Cemetery Act). Come and enjoy live music as we gather for a quaint picnic on the grass and then take a self-guided tour of the cemetery.
Dale Cemetery Heritage Trail historic signs
OHCC created and developed the Heritage Trail to make Ossining’s history and culture available to all. This is an ongoing project, with additional grave markers to be added in the future.