Endymion's Repose - Connecticut Cemeteries

Mountain Grove Cemetery

I created this site as a way to share my fascination with some of our 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 or legends associated with the cemetery.

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, 2008-2020. 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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This site was created on 15 October 2008.

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Endymion's was last updated on 27 July 2020. The latest additions:

Gilbert T. Fox

Revisited Redding Ridge Cemetery in Redding, Connecticut. There are multiple interesting memorials within, from the 1800s until the present. Interred in Redding Ridge is Gilbert T. Fox, an award-winning cartoonist, responsible for "Plastic Man". He also worked on the animated cartoon "Betty Boop", "Side Glances" (a newspaper comic), and the animated series, "Muppet Babies" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". He was nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize.

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Lonetown Cemtery

Lonetown Cemetery (also known as Isaac Hamilton Cemetery) in Redding, Connecticut, has been photographed. It is a small, family burial ground spanning the 1800s. Unfortunately, at least half the stones are broken, and the remaining stones are mostly illegible.

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Lyons Plain, Weston

Lyons Plain Cemetery (Emmanuel Episcopal Church Cemetery) in Weston, Connecticut, has been added. There are quite a few hidden gems and several notable interments, including Hamilton Basso (author), John Marshall Harlan II (Associate US Supreme Court Justice), Tanaquil Le Clercq (ballerina) and Mary Stuart (actress/singer).

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Thorp Cemetery, Weston

Added a new cemetery (and a new town!) to Endymion's. A page has been added for Thorp Cemetery in Weston, Connecticut. Thorp is unusual in that it only contains four burials and is located in someone's front yard.

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stone detail, 1700s

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Scroll down and 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. The towns (and cemeteries) are arranged alphabetically, from Bridgeport to Westport.

Union Cemetery

Highlights include:

Birdsey's Plain/Stepney Cemetery, Monroe
boasts the final resting place of paranormal experts, Ed and Lorraine 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.

Mary Tyler Moore stone

Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield
final resting place of multiple award-winning actor, Jason Robards, and television icon, Mary Tyler Moore.
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.
Umpawaug Cemetery, Redding
final resting place of Mary Travers, of '60s folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary ("Puff the Magic Dragon") and Jazz legend, Dave Brubeck. Also home to some rather unusual monuments for artists, authors and others.
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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