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Center Church & Crypt

250 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06511
203 787 0121
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Ranked #10 of 31 attractions in New Haven
Type: Religious Sites, Cemeteries
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Champaign, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The Center Church is the oldest religious congregation in New Haven. At one time, thousands of the early colonists of New Haven were buried on the Green. The current church was built in 1813, over part of that early cemetery. The crypt contains tombstones from 1687 to 1812, including that of Benedict Arnold's first wife. Tours are given on Thursdays... More

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Seymour, Connecticut
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Man, I wish I had found out about this years ago! We would've taken all our family members. I don't want to spoil too much about it, but the haphazard array of 300-year-old tombstones—many of which created by, let's say, people who weren't expert stone carvers—is a sight to behold. The tour is free; our guide kept things speedy while... More

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Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Take a tour of this historic church and see the tombstones of early New Haven residents in the basement that used to be part of the cemetery in the Green.

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New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We really enjoyed the "underground tour" of the cemetery under the church. (for full disclosure our teenage son was not so enamored). If you're interested in colonial history it's certainly worth the time.

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Cleveland, Ohio
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The church itself is beautiful but the crypt tour was so interesting. Creepy to have headstones in the basement but so well preserved. A must see.

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New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

If you get a chance to visit the church and crypt, do it! If you're a planner, like I try to be, do call ahead. We were surprised when we arrived during the crypt tour times posted online (11am-1pm) to find the church completely locked and with no signs indicating why. We walked to the church office a block away... More

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Cheshire, Connecticut
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This tour is the neatest thing. Church elders guide the tour which includes tons of info on the history of New Haven, the NH Green as well as the Grove Street Cemetery. Duck your heads and experience a graveyard in the basement of a church. They used to sell t-shirts ("Still dead after all these years") and I hope they... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
18 reviews 18 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Who knew that Benedict Arnold's first wife lies under the church on the Green? The tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful, the headstones are so well kept, and the history is so interesting! I have lived in New Haven for 43 years and just now discovered this jewel of a piece of American History!

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Connecticut USA
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

A beautiful church with early graves still in the basement from Colonial times. Open occasionally with guided tours of limited numbers of sightseers.

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Enfield, CT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

I've been looking forward to visiting the crypt for several years now, but yesterday was the first time that both of our schedules lined up. The crypt is in the basement of the Center Church, and it feels very basement-y with its harsh lighting, low ceilings, and ventwork. I thought it would be more like the crypt scene in THE... More

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