Old Wethersfield Village Cemetery

The Wethersfield Village Cemetery is a historic burying ground in Wethersfield Connecticut.

Old Wethersfield Village Cemetery
Old Wethersfield Village Cemetery is located in Connecticut
Old Wethersfield Village Cemetery
Location in Connecticut
Old Wethersfield Village Cemetery is located in the United States
Old Wethersfield Village Cemetery
Location in United States
Coordinates41°42′45″N 72°38′6″W / 41.71250°N 72.63500°W / 41.71250; -72.63500


The burying ground was established by the town of Wethersfield on Hungry Hill in 1638. As was the custom during the colonial period, burial plots were free of charge and were permitted wherever there was room.[1] Though the burial ground was in use in the 17th century, very few markers from that period survived the centuries. This is likely because the earliest stones were made of wood or primitive fieldstones that deteriorated over time. With no local carvers, the cost of a grave marker to be bought and shipped made it a luxury for only the wealthiest families.[1] In the 18th century, gravestones became more widely available, particularly those imported from the Portland, Bolton, and Manchester regions. Carvers who carved on Connecticut River Valley brownstone were especially popular and included the Stanclift family of Middletown, The Thomas Johnsons of Chatham, Peter and William Buckland of Manchester, Charles Doplph of Killingworth, and the Unknown Glastonbury Lady Carver. Many markers are also made from grey granite schist including those carved by Gershom Bartlett of Bolton, Peter Buckland of Manchester, Daniel Ritter of East Hartford, Josiah Manning of Windham, and Aaron Haskins of Bolton. A small number of slate markers, most featuring deaths head designs were also shipped in from the Boston region. In the 1790s, Samuel Galpin moved to Wethersfield and became the town's first grave carver. He was very popular in Wethersfield and the surrounding areas and carved many tombstones from Portland sourced brownstone in the first few decades of the 19th century.[2]



  1. ^ a b "History Of Ancient Burying Ground And Village Cemetery". Wethersfield Historical Society.
  2. ^ "The Great River: Art & Society of the Connecticut Valley, 1635-1820".


  • Slater, James A. (1987). The Colonial Burying Grounds of Connecticut and the Men Who Made Them (1st ed.). Hamden, Connecticut: Archon Books.
  • Hosley, W. N. (1985). The Great River: Art & Society of the Connecticut Valley, 1635-1820 (1st ed.). Hartford, Connecticut: Wadsworth Atheneum.
  • Forbes, H.M. (1927). Gravestones of Early New England and the Men Who Made Them 1653-1800 (1967 reprint ed.). New York: Da Capo Press. ISBN 9781625851963. LCCN 67027452.

Coordinates: 41°21′33″N 72°6′1″W / 41.35917°N 72.10028°W / 41.35917; -72.10028