Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven

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Grove Street Cemetery or Grove Street Burial Ground is a cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut, that is surrounded by the Yale University campus. It was organized in 1796 as the New Haven Burying Ground and incorporated in October 1797 to replace the crowded burial ground on the New Haven Green. The first private, nonprofit cemetery in the world, it was one of the earliest burial grounds to have a planned layout, with plots permanently owned by individual families, a structured arrangement of ornamental plantings, and paved and named streets and avenues. By introducing ideas like permanent memorials and the sanctity of the deceased body, the cemetery became "a real turning point... a whole redefinition of how people viewed death and dying", according to historian Peter Dobkin Hall. Many notable Yale and New Haven luminaries are buried in the Grove Street Cemetery, including 14 Yale presidents; nevertheless, it was not restricted to members of the upper class, and was open to all.
In 2000, Grove Street Cemetery was designated a National Historic Landmark.
Today, it is managed by Camco Cemetery Management.
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  • I am an amateur genealogist and have been a volunteer for findagrave.org for about 6 years. I visited this cemetery after taking a tour of the crypt under one of the churches on the New Haven Green.....  more »
  • Early colonists buried their dead in what is now the New Haven Green. Most of them were moved when the Grove Street Cemetery was created, and the old Colonial stones now line the interior perimeter.....  more »
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  • Favorite cemetery (sounds odd, but it's true). Most of the tombstones reflect graves in the New Haven Green and are kind of memento mori rather than actual markers, but they are fascinating. Some record the place of death as New Haven Colony, which is awesome, because New Haven was its own colony before CT was. The style of the old tombstones is classic early colonial, with winged skulls atop. There's some heavy weathering and really interesting descriptions of the individuals and their lives (and deaths). The Egyptian Revival gate is classic New England. A gorgeous example of early American memorialization of the individual. Go in the fall when the leaves are changing.
  • A beautiful and quiet sanctuary to remember our forefathers. The burials are old and there are some historic names buried here. A nice place to walk through with a toddler on a Sunday to get away from the crowds and noise of campus.

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