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“Bodies under the Green”
Review of Center Church

Center Church
Ranked #20 of 57 things to do in New Haven
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Owner description: Public tour hours are 11am (tours start) to 1pm (final tour ends) on Saturdays, from April to the end of October.
Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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162 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Bodies under the Green”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Take a tour of this historic church and see the tombstones of early New Haven residents in the basement that used to be part of the cemetery in the Green.

Visited May 2014
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New York
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38 reviews
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“Fascinating!”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

We really enjoyed the "underground tour" of the cemetery under the church. (for full disclosure our teenage son was not so enamored). If you're interested in colonial history it's certainly worth the time.

Visited May 2013
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Crypt”
Reviewed 20 March 2014 via mobile

The church itself is beautiful but the crypt tour was so interesting. Creepy to have headstones in the basement but so well preserved. A must see.

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New York
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46 reviews
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“Something different”
Reviewed 27 September 2013

If you get a chance to visit the church and crypt, do it! If you're a planner, like I try to be, do call ahead. We were surprised when we arrived during the crypt tour times posted online (11am-1pm) to find the church completely locked and with no signs indicating why. We walked to the church office a block away and eventually the person there figured out they cancelled tours for the day, but told us to try to visit around 4pm when they were holding a special event.

Tours are available for the cost of a donation and are very interesting. In the church, you can see Eli Whitney's pew and the crypt tour was very informative (with Benedict Arnold's first wife being one of the burials). Definitely check this one out!

Visited September 2013
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Cheshire, Connecticut
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“So cool, creepy, educational, AND fun!”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

This tour is the neatest thing. Church elders guide the tour which includes tons of info on the history of New Haven, the NH Green as well as the Grove Street Cemetery. Duck your heads and experience a graveyard in the basement of a church. They used to sell t-shirts ("Still dead after all these years") and I hope they still do! I visited almost 10 years ago, and that wasn't a timeline choice on Trip Advisor when reviewing, but I encourage you to go if they are still touring.

Visited June 2013
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