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
Adopt-A-Grave in one of Easton's cememteries: Center Street, Den, Lyon, and/or Gilbertown. Help to preserve
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The site was updated on 19 February 2016. The latest additions:
Riverside Cemetery in Oxford was actually relocated to its current site around 1897
when the congregation of the Riverside Community Church found out that the Stevenson Dam was going to be built and would flood the area. Much appreciation to Karl T. for providing a link which details the story, which can now be found on the Riverside Cemetery page.
Umpawaug Cemetery in Redding has been photographed. Umpawaug is
the final resting place of Mary Travers of '60s folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary.
Flat Swamp Cemetery No. 2 in Newtown (Dodgingtown) has been added.
Newtwon Village Cemetery in Newtwon has been added.
Great Pasture Cemetery (Old Redding Cemetery) in Redding is now included.
Let your cursor hover over the towns to view the drop-down menus. Then click on the cemetery name, not the name of the
- 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).
- 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.
- Umpawaug Cemetery, Redding
final resting place of Mary Travers, of '60s folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary ("Puff the Magic Dragon"). Also home to some rather
- 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.