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The Ancient Burying Ground - Hartford's Oldest Historic Site

Hours:

The gates on Main Street and Gold Street are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except major holidays and inclement weather. Admission is free.

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Driving directions:

The Ancient Burying Ground is in downtown Hartford, at the corner of Main Street and Gold Street behind the First Church of Christ. It is less than a mile from the intersection of Interstate 91 and Interstate 84. 

Parking:

Metered on-street parking is available on Main Street and Gold Street. Parking is free on Saturday and Sunday. Garage parking is available on Pearl Street.

Accessibility:

The Ancient Burying Ground is wheelchair accessible. Please call ahead to make sure that the appropriate gate is open (860) 337-1640.

Regulations for visitors:

  • Keep the burying ground clean!
  • No gravestone rubbings (they can damage the stones)
  • Do not sit on the gravestones
  • No dogs
  • No alcohol, illegal drugs, fires, firearms, or fireworks
  • No loud music or disturbances
  • No planting or removal of any landscaping
  • No metal detectors

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Introduction to the Ancient Burying Ground

An introduction to Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground – its history, its restoration and the stonecutters who made the gravestones and monuments there from noted Connecticut preservationist and writer William (Bill) Hosley.