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Issues of access and right of way had in the past also clouded the mission of preserving the cemetery.
The designated Gumaer Cemetery has two adjoining burial sites which are included in the stabilization and maintenance, as circumstances allow. Tools are limited onsite, please bring hand tools, cameras, walking sticks, and tick/bug spray. For further information please feel free to contact Nancy Conod, Executive Director of the Minisink Valley Historical Society [email protected] Judy Gumaer Testa, Coordinator of Volunteers [email protected] Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan currently is custodian for the "Gumaer Cemetery/Pioneer Knoll Cemetery Fund". These funds are administered by the Minisink Valley Historical Society through a committee consisting of a representative of the Deerpark Reformed Church and of the Gumaer Family to ensure perpetual maintenance of the historic site. This year we are planning brief informative programs during the work sessions. The families of Peenpack and interested community members are cordially invited to facilitate the care of this historic cemetery on Saturdays, April 20th, June 22nd, August 24th & October 19th 2013. There will also be a family historian and a cemetery preservationist available on site. The committee, headed by a member of Minisink Valley Historical Society, will also consist of a member of the Deerpark Reformed Church and a member of the Gumaer Family.
Current members of the committee are Nancy Conod, Thomas Smith and William S. Email your queries directly to the Society [email protected], or volunteer coordinator Judy Gumaer Testa [email protected]
Available research and current visits indicate that the earliest identifiable grave marker is circa 1720.
Although the Peenpack settlement was present as early as 1690, an assumption can be made that earlier burials could be present, and it is also a fairly safe assumption that a majority of the remaining Patentees' burials are present as well.
There is no known or available written documentation.
Cemetery #3 Godeffroy Cemetery - The gravesite of Adolphus & Elizabeth Godeffroy sits immediately adjacent to the Gumaer Cemetery off its southern border. Anyone who has any information to share or has any interest in assisting is asked to email the society at [email protected], or to mail a letter to Minisink Valley Historical Society, PO Box 659, Port Jervis, New York 12771.
*the location of the cemetery hasn't proven to be actually located on "Pioneer Knoll." Once again we will be working at the Gumaer Cemetery/Pioneer Knoll Cemetery site.