Join Windsor Historical Society’s Executive Director Christine Ermenc for a walk through Windsor’s oldest cemetery. Learn how gravestones evolved over the years and she will introduce them to some of the gravestone carvers and people commemorated on surviving stones.
Palisado Cemetery is home to Connecticut’s oldest gravestone erected to honor the Reverend Ephraim Huit who died in 1644. Other stones commemorate the lives of young women like Mary Denslow, Kezia Ellsworth, and Mary Rowland, who died as a result of childbearing. The grave marker of Nancy Toney, born into slavery in the 18th century and unable to live independently after 1848 when slavery was abolished in Connecticut, is found here as well as the grave of three Palmer brothers who died within weeks of one another in 1756, a year when New England was ravaged by smallpox.