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“Grove Street Cemetery”

Grove Street Cemetery
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New Haven's Ghost Walk
Ranked #11 of 54 things to do in New Haven
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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Grove Street Cemetery”
Reviewed June 28, 2012

Great place to learn history. My daughter had a report to do on Noah Webster and we took a picture of his headstone to include. It made him more real to her. Even though she is only 10 years old she really enjoyed reading the stones. We will go back in better weather.

Visited December 2011
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Berkeley, CA
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“Peaceful and historically instructive”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

I don't normally do cemetery visits, but the Grove Street Cemetary is such a fascinating slice of American and local history that it is worth a visit. The cemetery is open each day and beautifully maintained with many different sculptural styles represented in the mausoleums and headstones. There is a map at the entrance that can help guide you through the pathways to find New Haven notables, or one can simply wander and allow yourself to stumble upon bits of history. The juxtaposition of a prominent New Haven human trafficker and the memorial to the slaves who arrived on the Amistad but died from their onboard neglect is particularly moving and forms part of the Freedom Trail through New Haven.

Visited May 2012
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Trumbull
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

I like to walk through and look at the artwork on the stones.

Visited October 2011
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Redwood City, California, United States
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“Loved it”
Reviewed May 2, 2012

What can I say? There is so much history here, and I’m not just referring to the graves. The site itself with its 19th cent Egyptian revival architecture stands out so well. It was a topic of much discussion the 19th cent, bringing pagan architecture into an otherwise modern cemetery. Check out some of the headstones too, great examples of Victorian funeral customs and mourning symbols, and of course the 17th and 18th cent headstones along the far walls that were moved there from the green.

Visited June 2011
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New Haven, Connecticut
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“Forget what they tell you at Mt. Auburn--Grove Street is the first.”
Reviewed February 29, 2012

Having grown up in Cambridge and gone to school next door to it, I was always led to believe that Mt. Auburn Cemetery (est. 1831) was the first landscaped parklike cemetery in America. Most of the history books agree. But upon moving to New Haven I quickly learned that this was hogwash. Grove Street Cemetery, established by the indomitably civic-minded James Hillhouse in 1797, takes that honor by more than thirty years. Acre-for-acre, it would be hard to find more celebrated worthies anywhere. Notable are the monuments for Samuel F. B. Morse, Washington's physician and secretary David Humphreys, the martyr missionary and colonizationist Jehudi Ashmun, and the recently-dedicated monument to the four Amistad Africans who died in the New Haven jail. Henry Austin's imposing Egyptian-style entrance, with its ominous Biblical inscription, "The Dead Shall Be Raised," is the progenitor of many imitations. A must-see for visitors to the Elm City. (By the way, the elms were planted by Hillhouse, too.)

Visited February 2012
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