Tour set for New London's Ye Antientist Burial Ground

New London — The Hempsted Houses will host a walking tour of New London’s Ye Antientist Burial Ground, one of New England’s oldest cemeteries.

The tour will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

The land was set aside for a burial ground when the Pequot Colony was established by British settlers in 1645.

Join City Historian Sally Ryan and New London NAACP President Jean Jordan to learn more about the history of the place and the people buried there. Ryan will provide a general history of the cemetery and will point out many of the stones that were carved by diarist Joshua Hempsted. Jordan will share the stories known about the people of African descent buried there. The tour will include information about past and current community efforts to preserve the stones and history contained in this unique New London space.

Meet the guides at the burying ground at the top of Hempstead Street at 2 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Admission benefits both the Hempsted Houses and the NAACP.

The Hempsted Houses are located at 11 Hempsted St. and are open for tours May through October. For hours and more information, visit www.ctlandmarks.org or the site's Facebook page, bit.ly/HempstedFB.

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