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The first chartered burial ground in the USA (1797) is the resting-place for many eminent citizens of New Haven CT.

 

 

 

Three blocks northeast of New Haven Green is Grove Street Cemetery (map), a beautiful final resting place for such eminent New Haven citizens as cotton-gin inventor Eli Whitney, lexicographer Noah Webster, and rubber-vulcanizer Charles Goodyear.

The cemetery's monumental Egyptian Revival main gate resembles a pylon from a Nile temple—a suitable symbol of eternal rest.

This was the first chartered burial ground (1797) in the United States. It replaced the New Haven Green—which was the site of some 5000 burials—as the town's principal burying ground.

On the wall of the chapel just inside the gate is a guide to finding the graves of many of the eminent New Haveners entombed here, as well as starting times for the occasional walking tours of this beautiful park.

Friends of the Grove Street Cemetery offer self-guided and personally-guided tours of the historic cemetery, as well as maps, photographs and a DVD explaining the cemetery's historic significance.

Grove Street Cemetery
227 Grove Street
New Haven CT 06511
Tel: 203-787-1443

Friends of the Grove Street Cemetery, Inc.
P O Box 9238
New Haven CT 06533-0238
office@grovestreetcemetery.org

—by Tom Brosnahan


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Egyptian pylon gate, Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven CT

Egyptian Revival pylon gate of
Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven CT.

 

 

 

 

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