Here are the pictures I took from Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground.
First a note about Hartford's Ancient Burying Ground:
This cemetery is the oldest historic site in Hartford, Ct. It was Hartford's main graveyard from 1640, four years after the arrival of the first English settlers, until the early 1800s. During that period anyone who died in town, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic background, economic status, or religious faith, was buried here. The oldest gravestone is believed to be that for Timothy Stanley, who died in 1648.
There are roughly 6,000 men, women, and children are believed to have been interred in the Ancient Burying Ground,. Unfortunately many graves have been built over. There is only a small portion of the original graveyard still standing. Sadly commercial buildings, as well as the First Congregational meeting house, were erected on Burying Ground land, whittling it down it to its present size of four acres.
|This graveyard is right smack in the middle of downtown Hartford. It is surreal to be standing next to these silent graves then to look up to see buses and tall building and people scrambling around going on with life.|
|This building is to the side of the Hartford Ancient Burying Ground.|
|Tombstones from the "Ancient Hartford Burial Ground."|
|What passes through your head when you see a stone, lying on it's side, so still?|
|My boyfriend walking through the cemetery with me trying to find EVPS.|
|Here I'm sitting next to the oldest marker.|
|This graveyard is surrounded with city life, the whole side is now apartment buildings, commercial buildings and busy streets. Just a light chain link fence surrounds this cemetery.|