27 June 2012

Old Derby Uptown Burying Ground, Derby, CT

Location: At the intersection of Rt 243/ Elm St. and Rt 115/ Main St. in Derby, take Rt 115/ Derby Ave. south. The cemetery is immediately on the right. Its driveway looks like any other driveway and there is a small sign announcing its location which, if our attempts to visit it are any indication, you will only see after you have passed it.

Google Maps Visuals:  roadside view  satellite view

Type of Site: Town cemetery, no longer in use

Condition: Everything looks well attended except the road into it

History and Notable Features: The cemetery is one of the oldest I have visited. The bulk of the cemetery is comprised of stones from the 1700s, many of them early 1700s with the skulls. Some of them have extremely unique carvings. A few of them are pictured below, the double angels, or the lopsided angel. This cemetery also has a stone from June 14, 1687 belonging to Rev. John Bowers, died age 58, first minister of Derby.

1 comment:

  1. Am native of Derby, know this is very special, as community and not on church land. May be oldest in Ct. Beautiful place.