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Graveyard Tours this Fall

October 13, 10am. West Cemetery on Carter Road, Plymouth.

This is the first ever tour of this cemetery, which dates to the early 1800s. It includes the graves of Civil War soldiers, Joel Blakeslee, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Silas Hoadley, a well-known clockmaker who took over Eli Terry’s business, and many of the early families in town. Many fascinating stories will be told.  Suggested donation is $10 for adults, payable at the door. Kids and Historical Society members are free, so why not join? All funds are used to restore the cemetery. Preregistration is not necessary. Drive into the cemetery all the way to the end and follow the loop road back toward the middle. Rain cancels.

October 20 and 27, 7pm. Lantern Tours of the Plymouth Burying Ground and the Underground Railroad.

The 1747 Burying Ground is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The inscriptions and symbols on the gravestones provide clues to life in colonial Connecticut.  Learn about the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and the little known story of the Tories, the American colonists who were loyal to their mother country of England.

The tour includes a visit to the cellar of the Henry Terry House, which has a tunnel used in the Underground Railroad. Suggested donation is $10 for adults. Kids and Historical Society members are free. All funds are used to restore the graveyard. You can pay cash  at the door.

Preregistration is  required as these tours sell out every year. Reserve your place by texting 860-921-6118 or email us at plymouth.historical@yahoo.com

Tell us how many adults and kids you’d like to reserve places for.

THE OCTOBER 20 tour is already sold out! If you would like to be put on a waiting list, text 860-921-6118 or email us at plymouth.historical@yahoo.com

Meet in front of the Plymouth Congregational Church on the Plymouth Green at 10 Park Street. Bring flashlights. Rain cancels. You will be notified of any cancellations.

 

Lantern Tour of the Plymouth Burying Ground

Martha Potter gravestone at the Plymouth Burying Ground

November 1,2,3  Cemetery Conservation Workshop at the Plymouth Congregational Church with Hands-On Training at the Plymouth Burying Ground

The workshop will cover the basic principles of cemetery conservation and preservation: Recognition, Identification, and Documentation. Instruction will be led by Robert Mosko of Mosko Cemetery Monument Services. Thursday will be classroom environment, Friday and Saturday will be hands-on training.

The following topics will be covered:
Types of cemeteries and what features make them what they are
The most common types of gravestones
The most common styles and designs
The most common conditions encountered within the hardscape,
to include the common causes and environmental related factors
How to recognize liability issues
Common treatments to include: basic cleaning methods and
techniques, basic resetting methods and techniques
Documentation

The workshops run from 8am – 4pm.

Special thanks to Michael Angelicola of Angelicola Masonry & Historic Stone Carving for doing all of the coordination work to make this workshop possible!

For more information on how to register, email michaelangelicola@yahoo.com

Year Round:

Self-guided walking tours of Plymouth Center are always available at your convenience! Click on the link below and print a copy of the Guide.

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Brochures are also in the box behind the sign at the entrance to the Burying Ground (next to the Congregational Church on the Plymouth Green, corner of Route 6 and North Street).

The Plymouth Burying Ground dates to 1747. There are 38 soldiers from the Revolutionary War buried here.

Learn about the symbolism of colonial gravestones.   Look for some ancestors!

Find the stone that is inscribed “MORTALS ATTEND and LEARN YOUR END”. Creepy!

Go on a scavenger hunt of Plymouth Center with your kids!  SCAVENGER HUNT on the Plymouth Green

GUIDED WALKING TOURS AVAILABLE

Guided walking tours of Plymouth Center can be arranged for your group.  The tour includes the Burying Ground, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The inscriptions and symbols on the gravestones provide a timeline of early American history, giving us clues to what life was like in colonial Connecticut.  Learn about the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and the little known story of the Tories, the American colonists who were loyal to their mother country of England.

Seniors, youth groups, school classes, home schoolers, and historical organizations have  enjoyed our tours. The tour is a wonderful supplement to Connecticut’s 5th grade social studies curriculum which covers colonial America and the Revolutionary War.

There is a $10 suggested donation for adults, kids are $5. Minimum total is $50. All funds are used to restore the Burying Ground.

Call 860-921-6118 for more information.

An unsolicited letter from a 5th grader who attended our tour!

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