Wander Around an Ancient Burying Ground

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    Hartford's Oldest Attraction

    Hartford Ancient Burying Ground Photo - Old Cemetery Photo
    © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Cemetery is Hartford's Oldest Historic Attraction

    Nearly four centuries have elapsed since the first English settlers arrived in Hartford, CT. The Ancient Burying Ground, located adjacent to Center Church at the intersection of Main and Gold Streets, is the final resting place for about 6,000 souls who called Hartford home between 1640 and the early 1800s. Only a few of Hartford's early inhabitants could afford burial markers, so the cemetery's 400 gravestones represent only a fraction of those interred here. But each chiseled stone tells a story.

    My favorite headstone is located in the right front corner as you enter through the Main Street gate. It's for teenager Richard Bernham, who was "Killed by ye Bloing up of ye School house." Fireworks were being stored at the school for a celebration of the Stamp Act's repeal, and we can only speculate, generations later, that perhaps teens were just as mischievous in 1766 as they are today!

    Click each photo to see a larger view and to join me on a photo tour of the Ancient Burying Ground.

    The Ancient Burying Ground is final resting place for Hartford's founders and early settlers. The city's oldest historic attraction is open free to visitors.

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    A Resting Place

    Ancient Burying Ground in Downtown Hartford Connecticut - Photo
    © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    The Ancient Burying Ground is final resting place for Hartford's founders and early settlers. The city's oldest historic attraction is open free to visitors.

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    Founders' Monument

    Hartford Ancient Burying Ground Obelisk Photo - Hartford's Founders
    © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    The Ancient Burying Ground is final resting place for Hartford's founders and early settlers. The city's oldest historic attraction is open free to visitors.

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    Equal in Death

    Ancient Burying Ground Leaning Headstones - Hartford Connecticut Photo
    © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    The Ancient Burying Ground is final resting place for Hartford's founders and early settlers. The city's oldest historic attraction is open free to visitors.

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    Here Lies William Knox

    Lieut. William Knox Headstone at Hartford Ancient Burying Ground Cemetery Hartford Connecticut
    © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    The Ancient Burying Ground is final resting place for Hartford's founders and early settlers. The city's oldest historic attraction is open free to visitors.

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    Prepare for Death & Follow Me

    Ancient Burying Ground Headstone Inscription Prepare for Death and Follow Me
    © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    The Ancient Burying Ground is final resting place for Hartford's founders and early settlers. The city's oldest historic attraction is open free to visitors.

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    9 Months and 7 Days

    Child's Headstone at Hartford Ancient Burying Ground - Photo
    © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    The Ancient Burying Ground is final resting place for Hartford's founders and early settlers. The city's oldest historic attraction is open free to visitors.

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    Death's Heads

    Death's Head Image on Gravestone at Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford CT - Photo
    © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    The Ancient Burying Ground is final resting place for Hartford's founders and early settlers. The city's oldest historic attraction is open free to visitors.

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    Hartford's Founder

    Thomas Hooker Hartford's Founder - Ancient Burying Ground Hartford Connecticut
    © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    The Ancient Burying Ground is final resting place for Hartford's founders and early settlers. The city's oldest historic attraction is open free to visitors.

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    African-American Memorial

    African-American Memorial at Hartford Ancient Burying Ground
    © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    The Ancient Burying Ground is final resting place for Hartford's founders and early settlers. The city's oldest historic attraction is open free to visitors.

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    The Way Out

    Reverend Samuel Stone Statue at Ancient Burying Ground - Hartford CT Photo
    © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    The Ancient Burying Ground is final resting place for Hartford's founders and early settlers. The city's oldest historic attraction is open free to visitors.