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Grove Street Cemetery

Grove Street Cemetery, CT
Grove Street Cemetery or Grove Street Burial Ground is a cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut, that is surrounded by the Yale University campus. … See more


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Nov 15, 2022
This National Historic Landmark opened in 1797 and is the oldest cemetery in the nation. The only way you can enter the grounds is through the cemetery 's main entrance. Walking dogs is permitted but… Full review by AdventureDiva
Jan 4, 2022
This is a very interesting cemetery to visit, A lot of history dating back to the 18th century and recognizable names , I will schedule a tour next time I visit. Some of the statues/stones are beauti… Full review by lizzystick
Oct 17, 2021
A mix of very old and new graves. In this cemetery you will find Eli Whitney, Charles Goodyear, Noah Webster and Bart Giamatti . Very well kept grounds and all the streets within the cemetery and sig… Full review by Petergun1962


Quiet, Park-Like Atmosphere
Grove Street Cemetery or Grove Street Burial Ground in New Haven, Connecticut is located adjacent to 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. This was "a real turning point... a whole redefinition of how people viewed death and dying", according to historian Peter Dobkin Hall, with novel ideas like permanent memorials and the sanctity of the deceased body. Many notable Yale and New Haven luminaries are buried in the Grove Street Cemetery, including fourteen Yale presidents; nevertheless, it was not restricted to members of the upper class, and was open to all. Initially consisting of six acres, it has been expanded to nearly 18 acres. The perimeter of the cemetery was surrounded by an eight foot stone wall in 1848-49, and the entrance on Grove Street is a brownstone Egyptian Revival gateway, designed by Henry Austin, and built in 1845. The lintel of the gateway is inscribed "The Dead Shall Be Raised."; the concluding period has been called the most eloquent and sublime piece of punctuation in stone. The quotation is taken from 1 Corinthians 15.52: "For the trumpet will sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed." The oft-recounted response of many presidents of Yale is, in substance, "They certainly will be, if Yale needs the property." Immediately inside the gate is a Victorian chapel, now used as an office. The gravestones from the New Haven Green were moved here for preservation in 1821 and are displayed against the walls of the cemetery. Visitors from afar mingle with New Haven residents enjoying the quiet, park-like atmosphere.

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