Charlotte Cemetery

Picture of a zinc marker in the Charlotte Cemetery Picture of the marker for Sam Patch

The Charlotte Cemetery is a very small cemetery with graves of early settlers. It has the grave for Sam Patch who jumped into the Genesee River in front of crowd of thousands of spectators in 1829. Although he successfully made the jump at an earlier time, he was unsuccessful in this second attempt and his body was found in the river in Charlotte months later. His death caused great feelings of guilt for many of the citizens of Rochester when preachers blamed his death on their curiosity in watching his daring attempt. At first a wooden marker was set upon his gravesite but later a stone marker was placed in the spot. The cemetery also has two beautiful zinc grave stones.

Address: 28 River St. Rochester

City of Rochester page for the Charlotte Cemetery