Save the Date! Visit with Slingerlands’ Founding Family!
When: Friday, June 28th
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Enjoy an evening walking tour of historic Slingerlands while supporting this project. Proceeds from this event will be used toward the restoration and preservation of the burial vault.
Attendees will experience first person presentations by costumed performers at locations along the tour route, including the Slingerland home built in the 1790s and the family burial vault. Enjoy historic tales from Leah Britt Slingerland and her sons John I. and William H. who made significant contributions to the hamlet. John I. Slingerland was an Assemblyman and Congressman whose causes included the Homestead Act, the abolitionist movement and the Anti Rent Party. William H. Slingerland also served in the NYS Assembly but was more widely known as a surveyor and civil engineer.
Concerns about development of the site surrounding the burial vault may be expressed in person, via US mail or via email to:
Town of Bethlehem, Planning Board, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054
Tucked away off New Scotland Road, behind the former Mangia property, in the hamlet of Slingerlands, NY is the Slingerland Family Burial Vault.
This historic treasure, a monument to one of Bethlehem’s most prominent families, has fallen into disrepair. The Friends of the Slingerland Family Burial Vault is dedicated to secure, restore and maintain the property.
Who are the Friends of the Slingerland Family Vault?
In the fall of 2017, Town Historian Susan Leath gathered a small committee to facilitate the preservation and maintenance of the Slingerland Family Burial Vault, and to raise money to make the restoration possible. The Friends include:
- Frank Slingerland (Bethlehem Town resident and Slingerland descendant)
- Bob Mullens (Slingerland descendant)
- Joan Roy (Slingerland descendant)
- Sue Virgilio (Slingerland descendant)
- Susan Leath, (Bethlehem Town Historian)
- Kathleen Bragle (neighbor)
- Georgia Fishburn (neighbor)
- Ana Webb (neighbor)
The Slingerland Family Burial Vault, the sacred resting place of the family for which the village of Slingerlands is named, is located in the Historic District of Slingerlands, NY. Vandalism to the front face and interior of the vault occurred prior to 1980. As a way to protect the vault, the Town of Bethlehem was deeded the property in 1991 by descendants of the Slingerland family, along with a right of way to access it. After many years of neglect and unsuccessful restoration attempts, we now have some hope. Our new Town administration is actively involved and committed to restore the vault, as are all the Friends.
On January 7, 2018 the Albany Times Union published Saving the Slingerland vault on the front page. Subsequent letters to the editor support our effort:
- Family burial vault rich with local history from Michael Trout on January 13, 2018
- Valuable state history in Slingerland burial vault from MaryEllen Grimaldi on January 19, 2018
On April 4, 2018 the Albany Times Union published Slingerland family burial vault moving toward restoration.
On April 9, 2018, the Albany Times Union published Fundraising for Slingerland vault restoration begins.
On April 18, 2018, the Bethlehem Spotlight published Local residents are raising funds to stabilize and restore historical landmark.
On October 15, 2018, the Albany Times Union published Apartments planned next to Slingerland family vault.
On October 16,2018, Spectrum News aired the story Residents push back against development near Slingerlands burial site
On October 18, 2018, the Albany Times Union published Planning board 'disappointed' with Slingerlands apartment plan
On October 24, 2018 the Bethlehem Spotlight published Slingerlands residents do not welcome proposed apartments near historic family district
On March 21, 2019 the Albany Times Union published Slingerland vault group unveiling historical marker and watercolor
On April 4, 2019 the Albany Times Union published New watercolor vision, historical marker unveiled for Slingerland vault