Endymion's Repose

Mountain Grove Cemetery

According to Greek mythology, Endymion founded the city of Elis and was considered one of the handsomest creatures on earth. Zeus allowed Endymion to choose anything he desired, and Endymion chose to sleep forever, remaining ageless and immortal.

I created Endymion's Repose as a way to share my fascination with some of our old local cemeteries. They abound with history, art, nature, and beauty. Each cemetery's page has photos of the cemetery, pictures and inscriptions of artistically or historically noteworthy monuments, and anecdotes of any famous interments.

I welcome all comments, but first, a disclaimer: I meant no disrespect in taking and posting these photos. They are all originals and were obtained ethically and with the utmost reverence. All photos copyright by the author, 2008-2014. Not to be used or reproduced without permission. If there is a particular photo you are interested in, please contact me.

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Endymion's was created 15 October 2008.

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The site was updated on 6 October 2014. The latest additions:

Hull Cemetery

Hull Cemetery in Redding has been added.

Great Pasture Cemetery

Great Pasture Cemetery (Old Redding Cemetery) in Redding is now included.

Redding Center Cemetery

Redding Center Cemetery, Redding, has been photographed.

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stone detail, 1700s

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Let your cursor hover over the towns to view the drop-down menus. Then click on the cemetery name, not the name of the town.

Union Cemetery

Highlights include:

Birdsey's Plain/Stepney Cemetery, Monroe
boasts the final resting place of paranormal expert, Ed Warren.
Den (Den Road) Cemetery, Easton
Easton's first integrated cemetery, dating from the 1820s. Small burial ground on private property, accessible only by permit (which is available to restricted personnel).
Greenfield Hill Cemetery, Fairfield
contains more Revolutionary War veterans than any other cemetery in the country. It is also the resting place of veterans of the French & Indian War, Civil War and War of 1812.
Gregory Four Corners, Trumbull
where the Monroe "witch," Hannah Cranna Hovey, is interred. Page includes some interesting photos taken Halloween night (2010).

Detail, Henry Shelton Sanford memorial

Long Hill Burial Ground, Shelton
resting place of the Honorable Henry Shelton Sanford (detail, above). He founded the town of Sanford, Florida, and in 1878, he convinced famous adventurer Henry Morton Stanley to explore the African Congo for Belgium's King Leopold II. Sanford later became one of the founders of the Congo Free State.
Mountain Grove, Bridgeport
you'll find at least twenty famous and/or notable personages, including P.T. Barnum, Tom Thumb, country music pioneer Vernon Dalhart, lyricist Fanny Crosby and Major League baseball player Neal Ball. Mountain Grove also boasts some of the most astounding monuments in Fairfield County. This amazing cemetery has two pages dedicated to it.
Old Milford Cemetery, Milford
the oldest burial ground I've documented, established in 1647. It is also the resting place of three Connecticut governors.
Riverside Cemetery, Shelton
features the impressive memorial of Colonel Watson J. Miller, a 32nd-degree Mason. (Thirty-three is the highest level attainable within the Masons.) Includes a statue of the colonel, mausoleum, and stairs flanked by two sphinxes.
Riverside Cemetery, Trumbull
where Nero Hawley, a slave freed in recognition of his service in the Revolution, is buried. Hawley's burial site is a stop on Connecticut's "Freedom Trail."
Saint John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cemetery, Stratford
resting place of aviation pioneer, Igor Sikorsky, and Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee, Eddie Sulik.
Union Cemetery, Easton
according to paranormal expert Lorraine Warren (wife of Ed), "the most haunted cemetery in the country." This cemetery is a frequent stop for the notorious "White Lady." Included on the page are some intriguing photos taken at night.
Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport
burial place of some of Fairfield County's rich and elite. View lavish mausoleums (including that of Walter Langer "Baron" von Langendorff) and some very unusual monuments.

Morgan Cemetery stone

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