New England is home to many graveyards that date to colonial times and a hallmark of these graveyards are the interesting and evocative headstones that can still be viewed. On May 3 at 2 p.m. Dan Cruson, an expert on early life in Colonial Connecticut, including the evolution of local grave markers from the 1600’s through the 1800’s will lead a tour at the Mapleshade Cemetery in Ridgefield Connecticut.
This guided tour will point out select headstones that can be quite interesting, artful and rich in symbolism. The tour is free and open to the public. There is no rain date, so, in the case of inclement weather please bring an umbrella.
The Mapleshade complex has five cemeteries within the grounds; two are private and the other three are Town owned and maintained. The earliest grave markers date back to the Town’s beginnings. Entrance to the Cemetery is at the junction of North Street and Maple Shade Road in Ridgefield, CT, not far from Copp’s Hill Plaza. Parking is available at the cemetery.
This program is being sponsored by Ridgefield Graveyard Restoration Committee, the Ridgefield Historical Society, and Keeler Tavern Museum.