Local historian’s son interred at Hillside Cemetery Tuesday

Colin Naylor’s love of local history lives on in Field Library Archives


What’s in a name? It’s a question that’s been asked countless times. For Natalie Naylor, who grew up in Peekskill, it took on a personal meaning as she worked to ensure the headstone at her brother’s grave properly reflected who he was.  The interment for Colin T. Naylor, III  is tomorrow Tuesday, July 26 at 11:30 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery on Oregon Road. 

Colin T. Naylor, III died March 1 in Binghamton, NY at the age of 88. Naylor III grew up in Peekskill and went to Harvard College and Harvard Law School, specializing in tax law at a firm in Binghamton. His father, Colin T. Naylor, Jr. was a local historian. 

Their father instilled a love of local history in Colin and his sister Natalie. Natalie, of Uniondale, Long Island wrote Women in Long Island’s Past (History Press, 1912) She has edited the Nassau County Historical Society Journal for more than 30 years. 

The Peekskill Room of The Field Library houses The Colin T. Naylor, Jr. Archives. The collection includes a variety of materials such as maps, manuscripts and letters, diaries, photographs and audiovisual materials, scrapbooks, and newspapers. Throughout the month of August, people of all ages can solve riddles and explore Peekskill’s historical places, an activity described on the Facebook page entitled Colin T. Naylor, Jr. Archives.Pick up a packet from the Field Library reference desk. Questions can be directed to local history librarian Sarah Scott at [email protected].