Plymouth in Litchfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Plymouth Burying Ground
National Register of Historic Places
The gravestones are in rows running north and south. The bodies were placed facing east, so that on the day of judgment, the resurrected dead would arise toward the dawn.
The oldest graves (mid-1700s), are nearest the entrance. They have carved symbols such as winged angels, representing the ascension of the soul to heaven. Some have messages, such as "Mortals Attend & Learn Your End”, to warn the living to maintain a life of virtue.
The inscriptions tell us how hard life was; "lived to bury five husbands”, ”was drowned", ”died of scald", and "died with daughter stillborn.”
Gravestones from the early 1800s, on the lower slope, often have weeping willows, symbolizing sorrow. A broken tree indicates a life cut short. An urn represents the soul. Stones may have symbols of organizations the deceased belonged to, such as Freemasonry.
The gravestones are artifacts that provide clues to the lives of our ancestors and the history of Plymouth. They deserve our respect and devoted care.
Major funding provided by Plymouth Historical
Erected by Plymouth Historical Society, Marian Milne, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and First Congregational Church of Plymouth.
Location. 41° 40.365′ N, 73° 3.246′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, Connecticut, in Litchfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Street and Main Street (U.S. 6), on the right when traveling south on Park Street. Click for map. Located next to the Plymouth Green. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 Park Street, Plymouth CT 06782, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Plymouth Center School (here, next to this marker); First Congregational Church of Plymouth (within shouting distance of this marker); Site Of St. Peterís Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Plymouth Soldiers Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Constitution Oak (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Plymouth (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fr. Michael J. McGivney (approx. 0.9 miles away); Thomaston Veterans Monument (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Plymouth.
Also see . . . Articles by the Plymouth Town Historian. (Submitted on November 18, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Colonial Era •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.