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Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven

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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. In part for this reason, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000. 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.HistoryEstablishment (1796)For the first 160 years of permanent settlement, New Haven residents buried their dead on the New Haven Green, the town's central open space and churchyard. In 1794–95, a yellow fever plague swept the town. The increased demand for burial space prompted James Hillhouse, a businessman and U.S. Senator, to invite other prominent families in the town to establish a dedicated burial ground on farmland bordering the town. In 1796, thirty-two families purchased a tract just north of Grove Street, the tract was enclosed by a wooden fence, which was prone to rotting and needed to be replaced frequently. At first consisting of 6acre, the cemetery was quickly subscribed and thereafter expanded to nearly 18acre. Gravestones from the New Haven Green (but not the remains) were moved to the new cemetery for preservation in 1821 and are displayed against the walls of the cemetery.
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  • I did not know before going on the tour that Grove Street Cemetery influenced the design of Pere Lachaise. That bit of information placed the significance of the cemetery in a whole new context. You l...  read more »
  • Our group visited the Cemetery and walked the grounds where we were able to see where many great figures in American History are buried including Noah Webster and Eli Whitney. On the 4th of July a sti...  read more »
  • My ancestor's stone was brought here from the New Haven Green and placed along the north wall. Such a thrill. I also loved seeing the graves of Roger Sherman, Eli Whitney, Charles Goodyear, and Lyman ...  read more »
  • Very pretty cemetery. Nice to walk around. A bunch of interesting headstones.
  • Quiet and full of dead people. A great place!
  • Some of the most disgustingly rude staff I have EVER encountered ! According to the website the cemetery is opened to the public everyday until 4:00pm. We arrived at 3:00 pm this past Sunday 8/16/15 and were told they would be closing in 10 min. at 3:10 pm ?!?! When I questioned the time I was told "we close early on weekends" When I asked what time I was told "when ever we feel like it " REALLY !!! Then after looking around for a few min. this incredibly rude man started SCREAMING at us "COME ON, LETS GO" "NOW" "I TOLD YOU 10mins" HURRY UP" Absolutely disgusting behavior by the staff here !!!
  • It's scary
  • Es enorme. Demasiado tenebroso.
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