The Sag Harbor Partnership has launched a new self-guided walking tour, "Permanent Residents of Oakland Cemetery."
The Sag Harbor Partnership has launched a new self-guided walking tour, “Permanent Residents of Oakland Cemetery.”

The Sag Harbor Partnership, which has been busy the past several years putting together a series of self-guided walking tours of Sag Harbor that can be accessed through iPhone and Android apps, announced this week that they’ve released a new walking tour, just in time for Halloween, titled “Permanent Residents of Oakland Cemetery.”

According to the Sag Harbor Partnership, “this tour was full of surprises for us in researching it. You probably know that George Balanchine, the great Ballet Master, is buried there, but did you know that the Cemetery also numbers two Iranian princes, a Native American Queen, uber-famous writers, artists, performers, statesmen, and veterans, and manages to encapsulate most of the history of Sag Harbor within its grounds?!”

“You may, like some of us, think yourself to be somewhat cemetery-averse, but we found that the more time we spent there, the more we saw a great community represented that actually embodies (no pun intended) the incredible range and diversity of Sag Harbor since its very inception,” the partnership added in their announcement of the new walking tour. “Not only that, but it is a beautifully kept and intimate place, and walking through it in the soft fall light has been a revelatory experience. For the order of the grounds itself we have Ed Hollander, of Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects, to thank in part for his great volunteer clean-up last fall, supported by generous local landscaping companies.”

The Partnership also thanks Ken Yardley of Yardley & Pino Funeral Home” for his invaluable assistance in locating some of the hard-to-find graves and for sharing much fascinating information.”

The free walking tour app is available for Apple or Android devices.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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