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A row of headstones in an abandoned cemetery (Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A row of headstones in an abandoned cemetery in East Hills. Some of the headstones in the poison ivy-covered parcel date back to the 1790s. (July 19, 2012)

The long-forgotten East Hills cemetery

North Hempstead's town historian has discovered a forgotten cemetery in East Hills, with graves of some of Long Island's most prominent early families and headstones that date back to the 18th century. North Hempstead has begun to consider how to fix up the cemetery and is talking to Oyster Bay about access, as the road to the cemetery is in Oyster Bay.

Town of North Hempstead historian Howard Kroplick in
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Town of North Hempstead historian Howard Kroplick in front of the Horsfield family tombstone at the abandoned Townsend Cemetery in East Hills. (July 19, 2012)

The headstone of Sarah Townsend of the famous
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

The headstone of Sarah Townsend of the famous Townsend family, in an abandoned cemetery in East Hills. The neighboring towns of North Hempstead and Oyster Bay are discussing plans to refurbish the cemetery. Some of the headstones in the poison ivy-covered parcel date back to the 1790s. (July 19, 2012)

The headstone of Richard Townsend of the famous
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

The headstone of Richard Townsend of the famous Townsend family, in an abandoned cemetery recently discovered in East Hills. Some of the headstones in the parcel date back to the 1790s. (July 19, 2012)

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A headstone covered in poison ivy sits in
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A headstone covered in poison ivy sits in an abandoned cemetery recently discovered in East Hills. (July 19, 2012)

A headstone for the Horsfield family sits in
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A headstone for the Horsfield family sits in an abandoned cemetery recently discovered in East Hills. Some of the headstones date back to the 1790s. (July 19, 2012)

A headstone for the Horsfield family in an
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A headstone for the Horsfield family in an abandoned cemetery recently discovered in East Hills, where some of the headstones date back to the 1790s. (July 19, 2012)

A footstone with the initials 'M.E.H.
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A footstone with the initials 'M.E.H." sits in an abandoned cemetery in East Hills. Some of the headstones in the parcel date back to the 1790s. (July 19, 2012)

A footstone, foreground, and the headstone for the
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A footstone, foreground, and the headstone for the Horsfield family sit in an abandoned cemetery in East Hills. (July 19, 2012)

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A row of headstones in an abandoned cemetery
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A row of headstones in an abandoned cemetery in East Hills. Some of the headstones in the poison ivy-covered parcel date back to the 1790s. (July 19, 2012)

A headstone for Sarah M. Horsfield and Thomas
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A headstone for Sarah M. Horsfield and Thomas Horsfield in an abandoned cemetery recently discovered in East Hills. Some of the headstones in the parcel date back to the 1790s. (July 19, 2012)

Shown is an abandoned cemetery recently discovered in
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Shown is an abandoned cemetery recently discovered in East Hills. Some of the headstones in the parcel date back to the 1790s. (July 19, 2012)

Town of North Hempstead historian Howard Kroplick points
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Town of North Hempstead historian Howard Kroplick points to the where the ivy meets the ivy sculpted on the Horsfield family tombstone. (July 19, 2012)

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