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, 2008-2021. 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 17 October 2021. The latest changes:

Johnny Winter space saver Johnny Winter's gravesite

Revisited Union Cemetery in Easton, to pay respects to Blues-guitar legend, Johnny Winter. Winter was a Blues-guitar legend. He produced three Grammy Award-winning albums by Muddy Waters and was nominated for several Grammy Awards for his own work. (He posthumously won the Grammy Award for Best Blues Album for Step Back, which also won the 2015 Blues Music Award for Best Rock Blues Album.) In 2015, at the Maple Blues Awards, Winter was awarded the B.B. King International Artist of The Year Award. In 1980, Winter was on the cover of the first issue of Guitar World. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, the first Caucasian performer to be inducted. In 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

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Hamden Plains Cemetery sign

Added a new cemetery (and a new town!) to the site. Hamden Plains Cemetery in Hamden is now included in Endymion's. Founded in 1787, Among Hamden Plains' residents is Leroy Griffin, lead singer of the '50s doo-wop group, The Nutmegs, who was most likely murdered. (Visit the Hamden Plains page for additional information on Mr. Griffin.)

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Entrance of Lakeview Cemetery

Took a lengthy tour through Lakeview Cemetery in Bridgeport. Completely updated Lakeview's page, with additional information and many new photos, including the grave of aviation pioneer, Gustave Whitehead, who supposedly was the first to fly, preceeding the Wright Brothers.

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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 Bethel 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.
Memorial Garden at the Unitarian Church of Westport
a unique layout hosts the resting place of actress Brett Somers, most popularly known for being a regular panelist on the 1970's game show, Match Game.
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 and Arboretum, Fairfield
final resting place of multiple award-winning actor, Jason Robards, and television icon, Mary Tyler Moore.
Old Derby Uptown Burying Ground (or Colonial Cemetery), Derby
supposedly the oldest public cemetery in the country. The oldest surviving stone dates from 1687 and there are numerous legible stones from the early 1700s.
Old Milford Cemetery, Milford
contains several burials from the late 1600s, and is 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. Union Cemetery is also the final resting place of Blues-guitar legend, Johnny Winter.
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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