In the late 1700s Ebenezer Wright came to Rome, New York, from Connecticut and purchased 190 acres of farm land, which became Wright Settlement. In the mid-20th century, much of the land was converted into the former Griffiss Air Force Base.
Wright Cemetery, located just north of the Griffiss runway, is an historic burial ground with about 3,000 gravestones, a chapel, and a carriage house. The cemetery serves as a reminder of the settlement and the community members who lived there for 150 years.
The Rome Historical Society will host “Wright Settlement Cemetery,” a virtual presentation on the Wright Settlement and Wright Cemetery on Wednesday, September 15th.
Local amateur historian, Christine Tyrlik, is a Wright Cemetery trustee, member of the local Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter, and a descendant of Ebenezer Wright. Tyrlik will explore the documented history of these sites since their inception.
Photo of Wright Settlement Cemetery courtesy Wikimedia user Imnar13.