Potsdam, New York

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Welcome to Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam, New York

Here you will find information concerning our history, burial and cremains sites and prices, special events, a searchable database of burials to locate individuals and families, visiting opportunities, images and maps of the cemetery, and more.

Our 42 acres of developed burial grounds are open to visitors during the day. Since its creation, Bayside has served our region as a parklike setting to commune with Nature and the memories of those who have gone before us. It has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural and historical significance. 

We welcome inquiries about the purchase of burial plots from all persons.

We also welcome donations of time and money from the community to help maintain the beautiful grounds.

Contact Us  
Bayside Cemetery Association
Clarkson Avenue
Mail: PO Box 491
Potsdam, New York 13676
Map  •   Directions
Phone 315-265-3790
Regular Schedule  

Office Hours

  • Monday 10 a.m.-noon
    Thursday 1-3 p.m.
    or by appointment

    The gate is open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk.

    The Office of the Sexton is located in the stone building behind the gate.


Clarkson Students Clean Up Bayside

Forty Clarkson University athletes from the cross country, Nordic skiing and swim teams participated in the spring clean-up at Bayside Cemetery on April 16. The student volunteers picked up debris (mostly tree limbs that had fallen down over the winter). Bayside’s grounds crew was here to help as well, picking up the piles. The grounds are looking great thanks to the Clarkson students!

Bayside Cemetery Awarded $32K Grant from Rock Charitable Fund of NNYCF

Bayside Cemetery has been awarded a grant of $32,900 from the Rock Charitable Fund of the Northern New York Community Foundation to support the preservation of cemetery gates and towers. "We are very grateful to the Rock Charitable Fund and the Northern New York Community Foundation for their support of this historically vital project," said Mark Lee, president of the Bayside Cemetery Association board of trustees. "Their generous support will enable us to preserve this legacy of the early development of Potsdam." The Rock Charitable Fund was established at the Northern New York Community Foundation in 2019 through a bequest from St. Lawrence County resident and retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Marjorie J. Rock, who passed away in February 2017 at the age of 96.

7 News Features Story About Gate & Tower Restoration Project

A 7 News story about the efforts to restore our historic Potsdam sandstone entrance gates and towers featured Trustee President Mark Lee and Trustee John Omohundro.

Clarkson DU Brothers Fix Old Headstones

Volunteers from Clarkson University’s Delta Upsilon fraternity straightened up a group of Bayside’s oldest headstones on October 1, 2022. The marble, sandstone, and limestone markers were mostly imported from older cemeteries in downtown Potsdam in the 1800s. The stones had tipped and sagged over the years because they were sunk into the soil before concrete was common. The brothers reinforced their work by packing crushed stone around the markers’ bases. The cemetery appreciates the brothers' work. Individuals or organizations interested in volunteering at Bayside can email or call 315-265-3790.

Museum Director Leads Tour

Potsdam Public Museum Director Mimi Van Deusen conducted a tour of Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam on October 2, 2022. Visitors are welcome daily in the cemetery.

Bayside Launches Spring Appeal for Sandstone Entrance Restoration

The Bayside Cemetery Association has launched its spring donor appeal. A plan has been developed to restore the historic Potsdam sandstone entrance gates and towers. The plan involves repointing and sealing all top-facing surfaces and ornaments above the entrance towers, and re-mortaring the stones of the towers. Today, the gate and towers are shrouded with protective coverings awaiting the next step. With help from a grant by the Rock Charitable Fund of the Northern New York Community Foundation and a generous donation by Clarkson University, Bayside has nearly a third of the funding necessary to continue this project. Donations are needed and can be made online at or by check to Bayside Cemetery, PO Box 491, Potsdam, NY 13676.

New Elm Trees for Bayside

Ten Princeton elm trees were planted over Easter weekend at Bayside Cemetery. The trees are a variety found to have resistance to Dutch elm disease and acclimated to the North Country climate. They were purchased locally by Bayside from St. Lawrence Nurseries, run by Connor and Allyssa Hardiman. The trees were planted by Bayside Trustee President Mark Lee and his wife, Abby Lee.

Grant to Restore Entrance

Bayside Cemetery is grateful to be the recipient of a grant from the Rock Charitable Fund of the Northern New York Community Foundation! The $32,900 grant will be used to stabilize and restore the cemetery’s iconic entrance gates and towers, which were constructed with local Potsdam Sandstone in 1910. Thank you Rock Charitable Fund and Northern New York Community Foundation!

Potsdam Central Runners Rake Leaves

The Potsdam Central Modified and Varsity Cross Country teams recently assisted with leaf raking at Bayside.

SUNY Potsdam Volunteers

Five members of the SUNY Potsdam Anthropology Club recently spent their morning straightening up and re-setting footstones on graves in the oldest section of Bayside. The volunteers, all archaeology students, felt right at home with the project. After all, the shovels and buckets were all lent by the archaeology program at the college. Volunteering were Danielle Fregoe, Veronica Bikowicz, Gabe Roberts, Connor Brennan, and Anthropology Club Chair Cass Spillane.

Footstone Fix-up

Members of Clarkson University’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity recently turned out to repair footstones in the historic section of Bayside. The footstones mark individual graves in a family plot. Many were moved from older condemned cemeteries in the Village of Potsdam into these family plots when Bayside was built in 1865. Over time, many small markers had fallen over or tipped off their bases. Briefed by Bayside Trustees John Omohundro and Stanley Maine, the students repositioned the stones and also corrected some of the smaller headstones, completing basic repairs on the entire section by dusk. Left to right: TKE brothers Orlando Petterson and David Gumina

Perennials for Pines Urn Garden

Bayside Cemetery volunteer Kathleen Fitzgerald of Potsdam adds a perennial flower to our new Pines Urn Garden, after a season of filling out the greenery on this burial option for urns with cremated remains.

The Pines Urn Garden

The new Pines Urn Garden was built and partially landscaped in summer 2020.

Roadside Marker

Bayside Cemetery won a grant from the Pomeroy Foundation to purchase a roadside historical marker indicating that Bayside is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Town of Potsdam Searchable Cemetery Database

The Town of Potsdam has a searchable database for burials in 17 cemeteries, including Bayside.

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