Connecticut November 22, 2018
Few People Realize There Are Thousands Of Bodies Buried At This Unexpected Spot In Connecticut
Connecticut is a really old state. We became a part of the U.S. in 1788 but European colonists populated the area for more than a century prior to the organization of the Union. Because of our long history, there are cemeteries scattered throughout the entire state. But what you might not know about is the massive New Haven burial ground that is unmarked and hiding in plain sight.
The 16-acre New Haven Green is a centerpiece of the city. While popular as picturesque open space in the middle of a bustling urban area, many don't realize thousands of bodies are buried under this pretty little park.
The original Puritan colonists of New Haven created a grid consisting of a nine-square settlement plan. The town green lies on the center square developed in 1638. It was used as a central gathering spot and marketplace for the early settlers.
Back then, the green also served as the main burying place for those who passed away. That practice was discontinued in 1821.
The headstones were transported to the Grove Street Cemetery, however, the bodies were not moved. It is estimated that 4,000 to 5,000 corpses still lie beneath the city green.
Festivals, frisbee games, and picnics are all commonplace in this New Haven Park. Most who enjoy the space have no clue what lies underneath.
The secret New Haven burial ground was brought to the public eye in 2012 when winds from Hurricane Sandy knocked over an oak tree. Entangled in the roots was a human skeleton likely dating back to colonial times.
There are many town greens throughout the state of Connecticut, but not many harbor the kind of unsettling history present at the park in New Haven.
The New Haven Green is bordered by College, Chapel, Church, and Elm streets. The one-way Temple Street bisects the Green into two sections. The address for your GPS is 250 Temple St., New Haven, CT 06511.
Did you know about this extraordinary New Haven burial ground? While you’re there, take a tour around the city on this
unique group bicycle or grab a meal at this long-standing 1930s restaurant.