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Cemeteries are unique places in our lives. Some are beautiful, some are historic, and some are even entertaining. There is a quiet sadness about all cemeteries because they are the final resting places of our loved ones. We intend to post pictures here of cemeteries and head stones that are original photographs. We are looking for beauty, dignity, funny and above all something interesting. Feel free to comment and to contribute. We will provide a mail box if you want to contribute.




Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Historic, Patriotic Cemeteries

New England, hence Connecticut, is filled with historic Cemeteries.  Each pat of the country lays claim to it's own history, but Connecticut played a major roll in the Revolutionary War as well as the Civil War.  Few actual battles were fought in Connecticut but Connecticut people participated significantly.  The City of Meriden, CT goes back to the 1600's as a settled area.  It became an organized City in the early 1800's, but residents o the area were active in the life of Connecticut. 
The sign below gives a brief summary, and is locate at one corner of an old cemetery off Broad Street in Meriden.
 

Below see some vistas of the cemetary, which is on a low hill just off the street.
Patriots from the Revolutionary War are buried here and there is a Bronze placard indicating this.
Finding the particular stones for these individuals would have been too time-consuming so I just photographed some of the more interesting stones.
Aside from having the name Yale on this stone it is interesting in that it is one of several stones that have been coated with a preserving surface. If you click on the picture to make it larger you can see the texture of the coating.
The stone above is another preserved stone.  What I find interesting is that the Anchor and the word Hope are featured.  I grew up in Rhode Island and know that the Anchor and Hope are the seal of Rhode Island.  There may be no connection, but it is interesting.

What follows are some rather distinctive stones from the 1700's.  The first name is Ives and I do know that the Ives family was prominent in Meriden and Wallingford.
Gideon Ives, 1777
Samuel Hall, 1795
Captain Divan Berry, 1783
I usually point out Obelisks when I find them there were a number of smaller obelisks and they follow.


There are two here!
This last one is the tallest of the bunch.  Many of the stones are of a red kind of stone.  It has lasted since the 1700's but weathering is obvious.  Many of the stones here were damaged by the weather and I suppose that lead to the attempt to preserve some of them.

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