Historic cemetery restored by dedicated Boy Scout

FLOWER HILL - A Boy Scout's quest to make Eagle Scout may wind up putting an old and forgotten cemetery on the National Historic Registry.

James Morgan McLaughlin says a former Flower Hill mayor first told him about an old cemetery containing at least seven graves of Revolutionary War-era Long Islanders.  He says when he finally found the graves, they were covered in dead trees, trash and leaves.

Since the discovery, the Boy Scout has been planning for the restoration, collecting pages of legal documents and organizing a cleanup day with scouts of all ages.

Historic landmark preservationist George Williams says the majority of people buried there in the late 1700s or early 1800s came from two families, neither of which have any known living descendants.

McLaughlin now has his merit badge and says the cemetery should soon be under the care of the village of Flower Hill.

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