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Old cemeteries are cool

June 8, 2013

I’ve lived in East Hartford for many years, and passed by Center Cemetery at least once a week.  But it wasn’t until last week that I stopped briefly to take some pictures.  I’m glad I did, and hope to go back with more time to look and shoot.  It is right in the center of the downtown, and can easily get overlooked given the location.

As I know now, it is the second cemetery of the original settlement of Hartford, and is the resting place of a number of prominent figures in Connecticut and Hartford history, including the Pitkin family.

Civil War Memorial, Center Cemetery

Civil War Memorial, Center Cemetery

Apparently the cemetery is also known for the carvings on the tympanums of the early colonial gravestones.  Below is one example, but there are a lot of other beautiful ones.

Colonial-era headstone carving

Colonial-era headstone carving

The town has an active historic commission which sees that flags are placed at the veteran’s graves, and I tried to capture those in my shots.  It isn’t every cemetery that can claim to have veterans from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.

On a photographic note, I’ll admit to slightly bumping up the contrast on the headstone carving. The angle of the light and the wear on the stones made the carvings a somewhat hard to distinguish, so I compensated slightly in LR.


One of the many veteran’s graves at Center Cemetery

My full set of pictures are available here.


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