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Meriden in New Haven County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Ancient Burial Ground

Meriden School For Boys

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, January 14, 2010
1. Ancient Burial Ground Marker
Inscription. The 30 to 40 boys buried on this site were forgotten children of their time. Delinquent, orphaned or abandoned they came to live at the Connecticut School for Boys, a reform school that occupied these grounds from the early 1800s until 1973. The boys who lie here died of childhood diseases or accidents. Often, there was no family to claim their bodies, and they were buried in unmarked graves. The names of most of the boys are unknown, the tall trees surrounding this spot were planted in 1947 as a memorial to mark their resting place. The Connecticut General Assembly designated this small graveyard an “Ancient Burial Ground” in 1986, assuring that the boys will lie here, undisturbed, in perpetuity.
 
Location. 41° 32.85′ N, 72° 48.055′ W. Marker is in Meriden, Connecticut, in New Haven County. Marker can be reached from Lewis Avenue 0.1 miles north of Interstate 691, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located on the grounds of the Midstate Medical Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 435 Lewis Avenue, Meriden CT 06451, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Meridenís Traffic Tower (approx. 0.7 miles away); Meriden Soldiers Memorial (approx.
Ancient Burial Ground Marker and Memorial Trees image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, January 14, 2010
2. Ancient Burial Ground Marker and Memorial Trees
0.8 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.8 miles away); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Cristoforo Colombo (approx. 0.8 miles away); Center Congregational Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Meriden World War I Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); City of Meriden's World War I Roll of Honor (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Meriden.
 
Also see . . .  Connecticut State Library, Connecticut School for Boys. (Submitted on January 16, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Ancient Burial Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, January 14, 2010
3. Ancient Burial Ground Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,298 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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