Friday, April 21, 2006

Save the gravestones of our Revolutionary War veterans

By one count, the Old South Burying Ground holds the remains of 32 Revolutionary War veterans, not to mention those of many other early residents of Hartford. Yet the place is almost invisible, set far back from Maple Avenue and overshadowed by the adjacent Fox Elementary School (formerly Bulkeley High School.) That invisibility has been costly. Most of the gravestones have crumbled; some have all but disappeared. A small group, Friends of the Old South Burying Ground, has been trying its best to preserve the cemetery, but it needs help -- especially from the City of Hartford, which controls the site.

On Monday, April 17, the Friends took it upon themselves to hold Patriots Day ceremonies at the gravesites of the Revolutionary War veterans they could identify. Here's a PDF file containing photographs of the event and some of the stones.

And here's a Yahoo! map for finding the place.

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