Cemetery Tour Oct. 28 In Shelton

Update Oct. 27: Due to rain the tour has been postponed to Sunday (Oct. 28) at 1 p.m. Check the historical society’s Facebook page to confirm it’s happening.

Original post follows below.

Long Hill Burying Ground is the oldest cemetery in Shelton.

Tucked away on lower Long Hill Avenue near the intersection of Constitution Blvd. adjacent to Route 8, it will be the location of a program, If These Stones Could Talk, jointly presented by the Shelton Historical Society and the Long Hill Burying Ground Association on Saturday, October 27 at 1:00 p.m.

A $5 admission for adults will benefit both organizations while students are welcome at no cost.

Presenter Marty Coughlin has done an extensive amount of research so that we may better understand the background of those who once lived in the region. A Revolutionary War private from a family with divided loyalties, an ambassador to Belgium, and members of Shelton’s founding families are a few of the individuals whose lives will be discussed.

Because this is a walking tour through the cemetery, clothing appropriate for weather conditions and sturdy shoes are recommended.

Parking along the street is limited.

In case of rain, the event will take place on Sunday, October 28 at 1:00 p.m.

The oldest cemeteries in Connecticut can be examined carefully to learn much about society of the past. Ancient epitaphs and gravestone symbolism proclaim religious beliefs and values of the individuals and their families, give us clues about the person’s social and socioeconomic standing, and occasionally tell how the individual met his or her demise—perhaps by disease or injury. Studying the stones can be fascinating.

For additional information, please call (203) 925-1803, see Shelton History Center’s Facebook page where there will be a notice in case of rain.


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