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Connecticut Cemetery Tours

Updated on July 4, 2017
Robbins Cemetery, Voluntown, Connecticut
Robbins Cemetery, Voluntown, Connecticut | Source

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.

Some towns have special cemetery walking tours scheduled for the Halloween season. And, some cemeteries are so special they are an attraction all year round. Some are memorials to something truly tragic or special and not to be forgotten.


Year round cemetery tours self guided and guided:

Norwichtown Connecticut Cemetery - A very peaceful, off the road, pocket hole of a cemetery

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The main entrance on Town Street.  Very difficult to find.    No headstones are visible from the gate.   The gate is locked but there is a small area to the left to walk through.List of soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War who are buried here.The fenced off area of the cemetery, denoting one family's area.A view of the cemeteryView from the Cemetery Road Entrance.   Cemetary Rd is a short narrow dead end street.  Very hard to find.  If you enter here, one of the first graves is dedicated to 20 of Lafayette's French soldiers.  The day we were there, there were 20 small Fren
The main entrance on Town Street.  Very difficult to find.    No headstones are visible from the gate.   The gate is locked but there is a small area to the left to walk through.
The main entrance on Town Street. Very difficult to find. No headstones are visible from the gate. The gate is locked but there is a small area to the left to walk through. | Source
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List of soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War who are buried here.
List of soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War who are buried here. | Source
The fenced off area of the cemetery, denoting one family's area.
The fenced off area of the cemetery, denoting one family's area. | Source
A view of the cemetery
A view of the cemetery | Source
View from the Cemetery Road Entrance.   Cemetary Rd is a short narrow dead end street.  Very hard to find.  If you enter here, one of the first graves is dedicated to 20 of Lafayette's French soldiers.  The day we were there, there were 20 small Fren
View from the Cemetery Road Entrance. Cemetary Rd is a short narrow dead end street. Very hard to find. If you enter here, one of the first graves is dedicated to 20 of Lafayette's French soldiers. The day we were there, there were 20 small Fren | Source

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.

The Crypt, Center Church, New Haven - A Most Unique Burial Ground In The Basement Of The Church

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The-Crypt-Center-Church-New-Haven | Source

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

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Grove-Street-Cemetery-Entry | Source

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

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PT-Barnum-Tom-Thumb-Graves | Source

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 (ha ha ha). 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

Ye Antientist Burial Ground
Ye Antientist Burial Ground | Source


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

List of October Hikes and Tours for Walktober 2017 - Sponsored by the Last Green Valley

Check the Walktober pdf for exact time and information about more hikes and tours of cemeteries.

Events are listed separately from walks in their brochure. Some are cemetery walks and others are just plain spooky walks and events.

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.

Do you think you would find a tour of a cemetery interesting?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      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.

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      Ellen Gregory 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @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.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      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.)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I would love to do this.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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! :)

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @shellys-space: I don't think it's weird. They would probably be pleased they were remembered.

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      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.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Cemeteries are fascinating.

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      Melanie Wilcox 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      this is a very nice lens - thank you :)

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      Elastara 4 years ago

      Interesting lens and thanks for sharing with us!

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      Delia 4 years ago

      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.

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      I grew up in Connecticut and love the old cemeteries. They almost seem to talk, those old headstones.

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      MaureenCee 4 years ago

      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.

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Interesting lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      Great article! I love this topic.

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      AnindaPramanik 4 years ago

      Yea nice

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      radhanathswamifan 4 years ago

      connecticut nice city

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      Close2Art LM 4 years ago

      cemeteries hold great history Angel Blessings

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      SolarEclipseWatcher 4 years ago

      What an interesting stroll through history a cemetery tour is! (I never expected one to be in the basement)!

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      SelenaFox 4 years ago

      I have been out of the country

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      cassieann 4 years ago

      I love walking through very old cemeteries, during the day of course. The old headstones and inscriptions can be fascinating.

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      C-Diddy 4 years ago

      I have been out of the country, specifically for a cemetery tour :-) This is a great lens!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      I do love touring cemeteries - really a fascinating place. Thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thanks for lens I haven't heard that much about those tours

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      Some awesome places, I love those pics!

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      Scary but very interesting!

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I haven't been further east than New York City. Would love to see Connecticut some time, especially in the fall.

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      BestGamesQuest 5 years ago

      Great info and amazing pics! Thanks for sharing