The Slingerland Family Burial Vault
A "Discussion/Information Item" on the agenda for the Town of Bethlehem Planning Board meeting on
Tuesday, 10/16 at 6 pm
involves a proposal for adding 25 apartment units on the lot surrounding the Slingerland Family Burial Vault. Please consider attending this meeting to show support for preservation of the vault.
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.