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Ancient Burying Ground

60 Gold Street, Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 561-2585
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Ranked #10 of 44 attractions in Hartford
Type: Cemeteries
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Columbus, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is another hidden gem of Hartford. It's definitely worth spending some time walking around and reading the tombstones - it provides some interesting insights into those who founded our country. It's right across the street from the art museum at the Wadsworth, which I also highly recommend, so I would recommend visiting both!

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Seymour, Connecticut
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53 reviews 53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This is a small burial ground in the heart of Hartford. We spent about an hour here. We read most of the tombstones. You really get a feel for how small Hartford was at one time. Many surnames kept popping up over and over. If you've never been to an ancient burial ground you don't know what your missing. As... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We peaked in here while they are doing reconstruction. In about a month it should be good but at the moment not a lot to see.

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El Paso, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Strolling through graveyards is not for everyone, but some of the historic cemeteries in Hartford, Boston, and other New England towns give us an insight to those who founded our cities and built the foundation of our Country. The Burying Ground is fairly small, and is somewhat eery but peacefully tucked in the middle of the asphalt, cement, glass, and... More

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Port Townsend, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I took my nieces and nephew here when they were young...there's something about how kids connect to history with real, tangible things to peak their interest. From wandering in this burying ground to wondering and smiling at the stone 'sculpture' in the small patch of green outside the side gate, to crossing the street to admire Calder's wonderful sculptures outside... More

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El Paso, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

The writing and sayings on headstones were illuminating. How they thought at that time in history. The graves aged from the early 1600's to 1800's. Buried right in middle of downtown!

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East Hartford, CT
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165 reviews 165 reviews
89 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Some graves over 400 years old - many with heartbreaking, poetic epitaphs. Check to see when tours occur. Visited during Envisionfest 2013 and the knowledge of the guide was helpful. The Hookers and many other Hartford historical giants here.

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Los Angeles, California
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We love stopping and strolling through old grave yards. This one has a grave from 1648. Think about our country then. The markers are interesting to read although sometimes eroded and difficult the old English.

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Lakeville, MN
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This one goes way back! I visit a lot of cemeteries, but this one goes back farther in history than any other I've been to. Many of the stones were unreadable, but many of them were, and they told great stories. Very well maintained, but yet not unnaturally so.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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37 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

The history of Hartford is exciting. The Ancient Burying Ground makes that history feel more 'real'. The graves date from the early 17th century and are in various stages of decay. The 'death faces' engraved in most of the stones are really worth seeing. A brochure available at the site tells some of the fascinating stories of those buried below.

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