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Ancield Burying Ground - Free Summer Student Tours 2013
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The Ancient Burying Ground Association, will again in 2013, be offering free summer tours of the the city's oldest surviving landmark, located at Main and Gold Streets. The public is be invited to enjoy a tour on weekdays from noon to 2 p.m., Monday, July 1, through Friday, August 16, weather permitting. There will be no tours on July 4. Tours are free, and no reservation is necessary. Individual or group tours can also be arranged between 10 a.m. and noon by calling the tour guide at least 24 hours in advance. Tours include information on the site itself and on the fascinating people who helped the city grow.
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The Association's Student Summer Tour Guide Program is designed to enhance the visitor experience by interpreting Hartford's oldest remaining historic site in the larger context of the city, and to provide students with a valuable learning experience while developing real-world job skills. The eight-week program begins in June with two weeks of intensive guide training and historical investigation, after which the students offer tours of the site.
The Association provides a teacher, tour guide and public relations professional who will help the guides learn about the city's nearly four centuries of historical development and the important roles played by those buried in the Ancient Burying Ground as well as those who came after.
You can learn more by emailing our tour quide at or calling her at (860) 690-9150.
This is an outdoor event. The Ancient Burying Ground is handicapped accessible.

The Ancient Burying Ground is the oldest historic site in Hartford, and the only one surviving from the 1600s. From 1640, four years after thearrival of the first English settlers, down until the early 1800s, it was Hartford's first and foremost graveyard. During that period anyone who died in town, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic background, economic status, or religious faith, was interred here. The oldest gravestone is believed to be that for Timothy Stanley, who died in 1648.
Approximately 6,000 men, women, and children are believed to have been interred in the Ancient Burying Ground, which was originally considerably larger than it is today. Over the centuries commercial buildings, as well as the First Congregational meeting house, were erected on Burying Ground land, whittling it down it to its present size of four acres.
Phone: (860) 690-9150.

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