The Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford

Ancient Burying Ground

Ancient Burying Ground

What: Historic Site / Cemetery
Address: 60 Gold St, Hartford, CT 06103
Website: www.theancientburyingground.org
Phone: (860) 561-2585
Hours: M-F; 8:30am-4:30pm, Sat-9am-5pm; April-November
Description: The Ancient Burying Ground is the oldest historic site in Hartford, and the only one surviving from the 1600s. From 1640, four years after the arrival of the first English settlers, down until the early 1800s, it was Hartford’s only graveyard. During that period anyone who died in town, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic background, economic status, or religious faith, was interred here.   This includes some of Hartford’s most prominent citizens, including Thomas Hooker.  The oldest gravestone is believed to be that for Timothy Stanley, who died in 1648.

Approximately 6,000 men, women, and children are believed to have been interred in the Ancient Burying Ground, which was originallyconsiderably larger than it is today. Over the centuries commercial buildings, as well as the First Congregational meeting house, were erected on Burying Ground land, whittling it down it to its present size of four acres.

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