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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  • Lots of interesting and beautiful monuments, and plenty of notables buried here. I strongly recommend the guided tour if you can time it right.  more »
  • Give yourself plenty of time to stroll these lanes. There's a true diversity of headstones and memorials represented here: nearly 400 years' worth, many different religions, languages, and artistic st...  more »
  • Pick up a map at the gatehouse and stroll through a peaceful and shady cemetery. Several people of note are here. We liked Eli Whitney's grave and Glenn Miller's memorial. So many interesting and beau...  more »
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  • It's a very nice cemetery. A good free place to visit for any historian, as you will find some interesting burials here.
  • This place like most of Yale's historic landmarks is rich in esoteric symbolism and metaphysical allegory. I for one have a great appreciation and interest in such things so it was a real treat i must say.
  • Very pretty cemetery. Nice to walk around. A bunch of interesting headstones.
  • Quiet and full of dead people. A great place!
  • Ill have 2 number nines, a number 9 large, a number 6 with extra dip, a number 7, 2 number 45, one with cheese, and a large soda
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