The Dead and the Undead

Every town in Connecticut has at least one cemetery in its midst - some are said to be haunted and some not. This tour takes in three of the state’s most notable burial grounds, as well as a nice little haunted spot where you can spend the night. Maybe they’ve got a room available for right around Halloween.

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Ancient Burying Ground Cedar Hill Cemetery Captain Grant’s Inn Governor Jonathan Trumbull House Grove Street Cemetery

Ancient Burying Ground

In Hartford, visit the Ancient Burying Ground on the corner of Gold and Main streets. The final resting place of Revolutionary War soldiers and 17th-century settlers once contained 6,000 graves; 435 markers remain. The gravesite of Thomas Hooker, Hartford’s founder, is here.


Cedar Hill Cemetery

Cedar Hill Cemetery

The magnificent Victorian-era burial ground, Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, is home to stunning monuments; among its denizens are Samuel Colt, Katharine Hepburn, J.P. Morgan and Wallace Stevens.


Captain Grant's, 1754

Captain Grant’s Inn

It’s off to the southeast for an overnight stay in a haunted inn. According to www.bedandbreakfast.com, the largest online B&B directory, one of the “great places to sleep with a ghost” is Captain Grant’s Inn in the Poquetanuck section of Preston. The mysterious woman and her children who once lived in the Adelaide Room still “visit” guests.


Connecticut DAR Governor Jonathan Trumbull House

Governor Jonathan Trumbull House

After you rest in peace, head to Lebanon, where the Revolutionary spirit lives. Visit the Governor Jonathan Trumbull House, circa 1740, the former home of Connecticut’s Revolutionary War governor; and the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House, circa, 1769, home of Connecticut’s governor between 1797 and 1809.


Grove Street Cemetery

Grove Street Cemetery

Don't head home without a stop at Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven. On the National Register of Historic Places, this is another parklike burial ground, with notable statuary on nearly 18 acres. Among those interred here are Eli Whitney, Noah Webster, Roger Sherman and Walter Camp. The inscription over the main gate reads: “The Dead Shall Be Raised.” Fine, as long as it doesn’t happen while you’re visiting.


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