Stop 1 – David Wood
Notice all the items that surround David’s headstone. First of all that headstone is a late date one – the original one is long gone with its base behind this new one. There is a SAR plaque – Sons of the American Revolution. There is a Eunice Day DAR plaque to the other side – Daughters of the American Revolution.
Stop 2 – Perkins Family
- Justin Perkins wrote many books about his life in Persia and many were written about him. He also did watercolor paintings.
- A Residence of Eight Years in Persia, Among the Nestorian Christians
- Nestorian biography
- Historical Sketch of the Mission to the Nestorians
- Missionary Life in Persia
- Life of Justin Perkins (by his son)
- The Persian Flower: A Memoir of Judith Grant Perkins
- American Biblical Repository (journal)
Stop 3 – Jude Ludington and family
Three brothers in the Ludington family came up from Connecticut in the 1760s – Daniel, Jude, and John. Jude only lived here in the Rock Valley for a short time. Six of his children are at your feet. They died very young. He moved his family to the center of West Springfield and he is buried there.
Stop 4 – John Ludington and family
John Ludington was the first settler in the Rock Valley. He settled here in 1760 when it was still Springfield. His family is buried with him alongside the monument for the family. 10 children of his area buried in this cemetery including his son James. James died in 1776 and it the first burial in this cemetery. The first adult buried here is his wife Sarah Palmer who died in 1792. The John Ludington house is easy to find from here. Drive south on Rock Valley Road and it is the 6th house on the right. It is a pale blue color.
Stop 5 – Daniel Ludington and family
Daniel Ludington came to Rock Valley around the same time as his brother John. This is his family plot which he shares with his wife and three children. Notice the enormous family memorial. Daniel was in the American Revolutionary War and in Shays Rebellion. He had an additional gravestone placed here by a descendent.
Stop 6 – German family
The Hoffmeyer family moved from Prussia to Holyoke in about 1870. They then moved to the Rock Valley in about the mid-1880s. Frederick the father worked at the Germania Wool Mill but also worked a farm here. His mother is buried to his left.
Stop 7 – Mystery Plot and the Neighborhood
Walk to the south edge of the cemetery. Look south along Rock Valley Road. The front gabled house on the left side of the road is the Hoffmeyer house. Now look at your feet. This is a mystery plot since the family grave site was taken out from here. This is no indication where it has gone.