Researching, collecting, preserving and publishing the history of the Haines Family settlers and others in the area of what is now known as northern Greene County, Town of Hunter, Catskill Mountains, New York, commonly referred to as the mountaintop.
In furtherance of our HFA Mission Statement goal of rediscovering, rescuing and restoring “so-called lost existing cemeteries and burying grounds,” Harold Palmer, Ron Haines, Joe McGowan, Art and Peg Fries and Dick Haines held a June 11th, 2012 work party to begin the rescue of the Peter B. Haines Cemetery, neglected for 50 years or so. Taken out were four dump truck loads of branches and fallen trees and about 25 trash cans of leaves. Many hidden monuments were uncovered, the oldest being a burial in 1812. We plan on continuing the rescue of this cemetery soon, as well as work parties on the Layman Cemetery and the new Aaron Haines Cemetery right-of-way. Photos of this work party are below.
Work Party on June 18, 2012 On Monday, June 18th , our thanks to Art and Peg Fries, Ron Haines, Harold Palmer, Joe McGowan and Dick Haines for a second successful cemetery rescue work party at the Peter B. Haines Cemetery. This time we completed raking the entire cemetery area, cleaned and stood up some of the monuments and took away about 20-25 bags and trash cans of leaves and sticks. We look forward to a future visit to make an inventory and a sketch of the monuments. The owner of the property surrounding the cemetery is very pleased. We will share photos of this work party as soon as I have them prepared.