An ancient cemetery with gravestones from 1687 to 1812.
Step back into the past; hear about 300 years of history unrivaled in all of New England.
137 grave stones of New Haven 's founders and earliest citizens dating from 1687…
Benedict Arnold's first wife…
President Rutherford Hayes' family…
the Reverend James Pierpont, a founder of Yale College …
and Sarah Whiting, 1669-1726, “The painful mother of eight children of whom six survive.” She was described as “faithful, virtuous and weary.”
In 1813, Center Church was built over a small portion of the town's burial ground. All the remains and gravestones were left in their original positions to be protected by the church's foundation where a crypt was created.
Historically, the New Haven Crypt is one of the exceptional colonial burial grounds to endure untouched. The early settlers who are remembered there represent a cross-section of the original community: different social standing, different points of view.
The Crypt is a rich source of information on the early days of New Haven and a resource for understanding what makes this city unique today.
Crypt visiting hours:
Thursdays and Saturdays: 11:00AM-1:00PM.
For large groups, please call for an appointment: (203) 787-0121.
Some Historical highlights of the Center Church Crypt
Please help us preserve The Crypt!
The Center Church Crypt marks the last remaining ecidence of the early settlers of the New Haven Colony who were buried on the Green.
The headstones in The Crypt are deteriorating due to the seepage of water and the passage of time. Immediate action is necessary in order to preserve New Haven's history or it may be lost forever.
Become a part of history! Help us preserve the past for the future by contributing to the New Haven Crypt Restoration Committee. Simply click the "Donate" button on the left, or click here to help.
More information on The Crypt and Center Church's history can be found here, in the Bicentennial publication of the church.
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