Ye Antientist Burial Ground, New London

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Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Ye Antientist Burial Ground in New London, Connecticut is one of the earliest graveyards in New England and the oldest colonial cemetery in New London County. The hillside lot of 1.5 acres (6,000 m²) adjoins the original site of the settlement's first meeting house. From here, the visitor has a broad view to the east of the Thames River and, on the far shore, the heights of Groton.The lot had been reserved for a burying ground and recorded as such in the summer of 1645. The first decedent "of mature age" was duly interred there in 1652. But it is the ordinance of June 6, 1653 that legally sets the place apart and declares, "It shall ever bee for a Common Buriall place, and never be impropriated by any."A later record notes the appointment of the sexton:Whose work is to order youth in the meeting-house, sweep the meeting-house, and beat out dogs, for which he is to have 40s. a year : he is also to make all graves ; for a man or woman he is to have 4s., for children, 2s. a grave, to be paid by survivors.17th century New London was yet a rough and isolated corner of early colonial Connecticut. Private interments were not customary, and this was the only common burial place.The dead were brought in from a distance of six or seven miles (11 km), either carried in hurdles, or borne on a bier upon men's shoulders; large companies assembling, and relieving each other at convenient distances.
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  • …are words people use to describe the head stone forms and materials and workmanship. But for something that has been around since 1645, I think it is all pretty cool. It is definitely a proper...  more »
  • Ye Antientist Burial Ground is one of the earliest graveyards in New England and the oldest colonial cemetery in New London. I visited after a brief snow fall. As I was walking out a lady with a...  more »
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  • No location of a road. It it on Hempstead St.. Behind the old Buckley boys school, now Regional multicultural magnet scjool

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