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Center Church & Crypt

Address: 250 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06511
Phone Number: 203 787 0121
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Ranked #12 of 29 Attractions in New Haven
Type: Cemeteries, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Cemeteries, Religious Sites, Cultural

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New Haven, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This little-known attraction is rarely open, so check the hours. The crypt contains the old New Haven cemetery with some interesting occupants and lovely gravestones carved with interesting decorations. Some gravestones are from the late 1600's. The stained glass in the church is also lovely and shows the founding of New Haven.

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St. Clair, MI
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Be careful, because they only open the crypt on a couple days / week and its for a short time. A couple church volunteers guide the guests, and the two that greeted us were great people. Lots of interesting information, very nice. The crypt was incredible...very interesting, and the volunteer told us all sorts of stuff about it. There's a... More 

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Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

This was a very cool crypt. Not very large, but has a lot of history. If in he area make sure you stop by.

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Champaign, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Amherst, Ohio
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45 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
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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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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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