Cemetery walking tours

Coventry - posted Sep, 23 2013

COVENTRY- The Coventry Cemetery Commission is sponsoring two guided walking tours this fall - one at Old South Burying Ground and the other at Grant Hill Cemetery. The public is invited and no pre-registration is necessary. Any questions should be directed to Sherry Chapman, Chairman, Coventry Cemetery Commission at 860-742-8933. Coventry Cemetery Commission and the Connecticut Gravestone Network (CGN) will co-host a tour of Old South Burying Ground on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10-11:30 a.m. Ruthie Shapleigh-Brown, executive director of CGN, will lead the tour which will focus on early carving styles and works of specific stone carvers, and historic changes in symbolism and monument stone type. The tour will be followed by a monument-cleaning workshop for those interested in learning how to properly clean various stone-types. Located on South Street (north of the intersection with Silver Street), Old South Burying Ground was established in 1740. Historically, it has been known as South Street Cemetery, Holy Grove, South Yard and Silver Street Cemetery. Grant Hill Cemetery - Oct. 14: 1-2 p.m. Commission member Linda Pagliuco will lead the tour, making tour stops at the locations found in the self-guided walking tour brochure. Coventry Cemetery Commission recently established a self-guided walking tour at Grant Hill Cemetery, located on Grant Hill Road in Coventry. Grant Hill Cemetery was formed in 1773, and has been known historically as Strong Cemetery, Minister Hill Cemetery, North Cemetery and Flint Yard. The tour covers stone carvers, changes over time in epitaph style, examples of different gravestone material, and symbolism. This is the second in a series of planned self-guided walking tours developed by Coventry Cemetery Commission. A similar tour of Nathan Hale Cemetery was established in 2010. Tour-guide brochures are available from the Recreation Department at Coventry Town Hall, Coventry's Visitor Center on Main Street, and Booth and Dimock Memorial Library. You may download the brochures from the town website at http://coventryct.org (under Quick Links). Brochures for the self-guided tour of Nathan Hale Cemetery (NHC) are also available on location at the NHC entrance.


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