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October 15 & 16, 2016*

historical marker for Sand Lake Union Cemetery

Sand Lake Union CemeteryIntroduction (by Bob Moore, Town Historian)

One of my goals as historian is to help give the community a sense of place. Why did Sand Lake, West Sand Lake and Averill Park develop into what they are today? In reconnecting with our forebears we gain respect for what they have given us. With this understanding we can move proudly into our future.

Recently I’ve been working on a project, Amazing Graves: Ghosts of Sand Lake, that will give all of us a better sense of place. The project will take place in the Sand Lake Union Cemetery and will feature actors portraying Sand Lake residents from our town’s past. These historic figures will include Dr. Smith Boughton (a.k.a. Big Thunder), James K. Averill, Sheriff William Griggs, Jesse Traver Moore, and others who made our community what it is today.

The project will also feature an exhibit that will be housed in the Sand Lake Center for the Arts. There will be old photos, artifacts and a "Calico Indian" outfit, the type that would have been worn by Big Thunder himself.

A number of organizations have been involved in the production of Amazing Graves, including: Sand Lake Town Library, Averill Park Schools, Sand Lake Historical Society and the Sand Lake Center for the Arts.

Mark your calendars early so you don’t miss it: Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16. There will be numerous shows from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. both days, and a special “haunting performance” on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $10.

*Rain dates are October 22 & 23, 2016

Schedule of Events

In the unlikely (we hope!!) even of rain on BOTH weekends, we are hoping to present the show in an inside venue.

If the weather is iffy, people can call 732-2904 to see if the tours are happening.

Admission for the tour is $10.00 per person. Tickets will be available the day of the event.

Recommended for ages 10 and over.

Proceeds will benefit the Sand Lake Town Library and Sand Lake Union Cemetery.

headstone of Jessie Traver Moore


  • A.B. Daley Insurance
  • Art Herman Builders
  • Cross Roads American Grille
  • DeGraaf – Bryce Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Jiff-E-Mart
  • Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake, Inc.
  • Lakeview Inn on Crystal Lake, Inc.
  • Karen Opalka
  • Sand Lake Septic Service
  • Spectra Environmental Group
  • Towne Tavern
  • Tremont About Town Rental
  • Eric Washburn

Community Sponsors

  • Averill Park Central School District
  • Office of the Sand Lake Town Historian
  • Sand Lake Center for the Arts
  • Sand Lake Historical Society
  • Sand Lake Town Library
  • Sand Lake Union Cemetery
  • Town of Sand Lake
  • West Sand Lake Volunteer Fire Department

† indicates participating organization

Amazing Graves poster

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Related: Sand Lake Union Cemetery and other historical markers | ?Averill? (origins of the name "Averill Park") | Moscow, the Civil War horse

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