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Connecticut Cemeteries, Graveyards and Burial Grounds
I used to think cemeteries were creepy and sad. But after taking a cemetery tour in Norwichtown, Connecticut, I find them fascinating. They are a great look back to the past and a great way to capture history.
There are cemeteries that offer self guided tours. Some cemeteries have special walking tours scheduled for the Halloween season and some have tours all year round. Some are memorials to something truly tragic or special and not to be forgotten.
Norwichtown Connecticut Cemetery - A Very Peaceful, Off the Road, Pocket Hole of a Cemetery
Norwichtown Burial Ground
This is the first cemetery I ever toured. Once inside it is so peaceful. It is off the road and nestled in a residential neighborhood, behind and in between houses build around it.
There are two entrances, both a little difficult to find: one on E.Town Street, and the other on Cemetery Road. Cemetery Road is a small dead end street that is found at the intersection of Town Street (Route 32) and Elm Avenue. It runs alongside some small shops and looks quite a bit like a driveway.
You may download a copy of a walking guide which highlights the most interesting features of the cemetery.
The Crypt, Center Church, New Haven - A Most Unique Burial Ground in the Basement of the Church
Center Church, The Crypt was organized in 1639. The basement of the church holds graves from 1687 - 1812. They include: President Rutherford B. Hayes' family and Benedict Arnold's first wife.
Open for tours.
Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven - Egyptian Revival Entry Gateway
The Grove Street Cemetery opened in 1797 after a severe yellow fever epidemic. Added burial space was needed.
The Department of the Interior added the Grove Street Cemetery to the National Register of Historic Places, in 1997. In 2000, the Department declared the cemetery a National Historic Landmark
Regular free guided tours from May to September --every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and the first and third Sunday at 11:00.
Among the people interred here are: Eli Whitney, inventor; Noah Webster, lexicographer; Josiah Willard Gibbs, Jr., scientist; Lyman Beecher, abolitionist and prohibitionist; O.C. Marsh, paleontologist; Lars Onsager, Nobel Prize winner; Charles Goodyear, inventor of vulcanized rubber, and Glenn Miller, orchestra leader.
Mountain Grove Cemetery -Year Round Tours - Bridgeport, Connecticut
Mountain Grove Cemetery is a not operated for profit and was established in 1849.
Both P.T. Barnum (circus founder) and his main attraction Tom Thumb (Tom Stratton) are buried here.
Click on link for brochure to use for self guided tour.
Grove Street Cemetery, Putnam, Connecticut
Tucked away in the the Northeast hills of Connecticut, known as the "Quiet Corners" is the Grove Street Cemetery. Here this giant ball on top of a grave has worked it's way loose and has rotated. Spooky!!!!!
This short video is worth watching. What do you think is making the ball move on top of this grave?
An Anonymous Reader Commented on the Ball at Grove Street Cemetery
"I can tell you this much, that ball gives me the "heebie-jeebies".
Imagine creeping through the side gate of a locked cemetery, at night. What an adventure that would be. I think I could, but I'd certainly not do it alone. The Crypt and the Grove Street sound like fascinating tours. My first two stops would be the tombstones of Eli Whitney and Glenn Miller."
Ye Antientist Burial Ground - Hempstead & Granite Streets, New London
The cemetery dates back to 1652,when the first person was buried here. There are some very unusual and interesting grave markers here. For a close up look at some of the interesting head stones check out the photos at the Southern Connecticut Paranormal Society's blogspot
More Year Round Guided or Self Guided Tours
- Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground | 60 Gold Street Hartford, CT 06103
Free guided tours on weekdays throughout the summer. Used for burials from 1640's to the early 1800's.
Links to Seasonal Connecticut Cemetery Tours
- A Haunting at Mill Hill 2019
Historical hauntings and horrors, hosted by the Norwalk Historical Society
- 14th Annual Washington Cemetery Tour - Explore Washington CT
A virtual tour for 2020
- Hallowed History Lantern Tour - Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation
History comes alive on this lantern-led tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery. Character actors will share tantalizing true stories.
List of October Hikes and Tours for Walktober 2020 - Sponsored by the Last Green Valley
Check the Walktober pdf for exact time and information about more hikes and tours of cemeteries,
Your Opinion of Cemetery Tours
I have taken a walking tour of some of the older burial grounds and find them fascinating. The inscriptions on the headstones are quite provocative and telling -- some are even humorous.
Some speak of the disease to which the person succombed. Some of the family graves show adults surround by smaller graves of their children who never made it to adult hood or who died at birth. A very sad reflection of life in the past.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Ellen Gregory
Do you think you would find a tour of a cemetery interesting?
anonymous on November 16, 2013:
I was here. You've made this such a nice, relaxing Saturday evening for me. I've really enjoyed reading some of your the lenses. Thanks for sharing.
Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on October 25, 2013:
@TreasuresBrenda: Hmmm. Could it be his wife was previously married. Usually a person is buried with their first spouse. Or, maybe she was of a different faith and wanted to be buried in a cemetery of her own faith.
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on October 23, 2013:
I think cemeteries can be very interesting. I visited one recently where a former Prime Minister of Canada is buried and he has an "ordinary" grave, nothing grand at all. (And actually his wife is not buried with him, which had us wondering.)
WriterJanis2 on September 12, 2013:
I would love to do this.
anonymous on June 03, 2013:
I've visited a few old cemeteries that I guess are no longer "live" because no one has been placed there for many years. The stones and statuary weren't kept up but man, it was an interesting experience and quite the history lesson....your tour sounds wonderful! :)
Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on March 02, 2013:
@shellys-space: I don't think it's weird. They would probably be pleased they were remembered.
Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on March 02, 2013:
It is a bit weird, but I like to visit the cemetery where my husbands's relatives are buried. It is a small town cemetery.
Sheilamarie from British Columbia on February 23, 2013:
Nice lens. Cemeteries are fascinating.
Melanie Wilcox from Pennsylvania, USA on February 19, 2013:
this is a very nice lens - thank you :)
Elastara on February 11, 2013:
Interesting lens and thanks for sharing with us!
Delia on February 06, 2013:
How interesting I was looking through "find a grave" last night looking for my Connecticut ancestors, my grandmother Georgianna Ives was from the famed Ives clockmaker family (see lens)...hopefully someday I can visit Hartford, New Haven, Bristol and Vernon. When I went back to Germany I visited the place my dad and grandmother was buried and also in Dresden my gr-gr-grandfather and his son and grandson (my grandfather) Had I not gone there and took photos I would never have discovered a big mistake.
Dawn Romine from Nebraska on January 25, 2013:
I grew up in Connecticut and love the old cemeteries. They almost seem to talk, those old headstones.
MaureenCee on December 25, 2012:
This is a great lens and I really love old cemeteries. When I was in the States the only one I got to visit was in Baton Rouge in New Orleans and I wonder how it fired in Hurricane Katrina and if it's even still there.
Hal Gall from Bloomington, IN on October 18, 2012:
Interesting lens. Thanks for sharing.
Tea Pixie on October 14, 2012:
Great article! I love this topic.
AnindaPramanik on October 13, 2012:
radhanathswamifan on October 13, 2012:
connecticut nice city
Close2Art LM on October 12, 2012:
cemeteries hold great history Angel Blessings
SolarEclipseWatcher on October 11, 2012:
What an interesting stroll through history a cemetery tour is! (I never expected one to be in the basement)!
SelenaFox on October 10, 2012:
I have been out of the country
cassieann on October 09, 2012:
I love walking through very old cemeteries, during the day of course. The old headstones and inscriptions can be fascinating.
C-Diddy on October 09, 2012:
I have been out of the country, specifically for a cemetery tour :-) This is a great lens!
JoshK47 on October 08, 2012:
I do love touring cemeteries - really a fascinating place. Thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!
anonymous on October 08, 2012:
thanks for lens I haven't heard that much about those tours
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 07, 2012:
You are right that cemeteries spea so much of history. In colonized countries, one can see names of people who risked their lives to live in many of these faraway outposts.
Marika from Cyprus on September 10, 2012:
Some awesome places, I love those pics!
DuaneJ on September 09, 2012:
Scary but very interesting!
jolou on September 09, 2012:
I haven't been further east than New York City. Would love to see Connecticut some time, especially in the fall.
BestGamesQuest on September 09, 2012:
Great info and amazing pics! Thanks for sharing