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“The Historical Center of New Haven”
Review of Center Church

Center Church
Ranked #22 of 62 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.
Reviewed 24 June 2014

The Center Church is the oldest religious congregation in New Haven. At one time, thousands of the early colonists of New Haven were buried on the Green. The current church was built in 1813, over part of that early cemetery. The crypt contains tombstones from 1687 to 1812, including that of Benedict Arnold's first wife. Tours are given on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11-1. Our tour guide gave a very informative talk about the church, crypt and early settlement of New Haven.

3  Thank MaryFHodson
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Man, I wish I had found out about this years ago! We would've taken all our family members.

I don't want to spoil too much about it, but the haphazard array of 300-year-old tombstones—many of which created by, let's say, people who weren't expert stone carvers—is a sight to behold. The tour is free; our guide kept things speedy while telling us some of the more interesting stories of the church and the people that are buried there. We were even given the chance to explore the crypt on our own (I mean totally on our own; it was spooky) and read the elaborate descriptions on some of the grave markers. Look for the one that goes on for what feels like paragraphs about how smart and wonderful and beloved the interred was; I wanted to laugh out loud...before remembering where I was and what I was reading.

Sadly the "still dead after all these years" t-shirt mentioned in a previous review is no longer available, although they do sell small commemorative plates of the church. Don't forget to leave a donation on the way out; it's worth it.

2  Thank chairduck
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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.

Thank BobbieB853
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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.

1  Thank NewY0rkTraveler
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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.

4  Thank heidi224
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