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Colonel Ledyard Cemetery
Cemetery #: 16 | PIN #: 168807597196 | Status: In use | Lot Size: 22.39 acres
Address: Mitchell Street

 
Old Name: Ledyard
Directions: From Meridian Street, turn left onto Mitchell Street. Cemetery is 0.5 miles on left side of Mitchell.
Caretaker: Colonel Ledyard Cemetery Association (Don Byles)
Number of Markers : 1000
Earliest: 1770
Family Names : Ledyard, Avery, Chipman, Ashbey, Fisk, Latham and many others
Symbols/Unusual Stones: Interesting modern markers. Many soul effigies and willow and urn motifs. Many obelisks. Cut boulder for Ebenezer Avery.
Design Elements: Centenary trees leading toward chapel and Ledyard monument; frame views of them. Many colorful bushes. Placed and natural boulders and rock formations. Monumental entrance gate; art deco style.
Enclosure: Stone wall. Chain link fence, stone formation.
Ground Conditions: Good; grass is well maintained. Cemetery trees are overgrown and block views they're supposed to frame. A few potholes in driveway.
Stone Conditions: Most are in good condition. A few have fallen and broken. Col. Ledyard marker has serious water problem because water leaks in behind the glass which is supposed to protect it.
Historical Significance: Many soldiers from Battle of Groton Heights are buried here. Many Groton families have plots.
Hazards: None are obvious
Recommendations: 1) Repave pathways. 2) Cut back centenary trees. 3) Consult a conservator for best way to preserve/stabilize Ledyard marker. 4) Create a map locating all markers and highlighting significant family plots and individual markers.
Date: 5/22/1996
Description: The closest cemetery to Fort Griswold, the Colonel Ledyard Cemtery has a large number of Battle of Fort Griswold martyrs buried there, including Colonel Ledyard, whose marker is now under glass because of deterioration. A monument to Ledyard and the battle martyrs stands to commemorate the battle and the bravery of the soldiers who fought there. The majority of old stones are to the right when entering the cemetery, in the southeastern section. Many interesting carvings can be found not only on the older markers, but also on the modern markers in the cemetery, especially some of the newer monuments. In addition to battle martyrs, many members of local families are interred here. The cemetery has interesting design elements including centenary trees framing views of the chapel and battle monument. Other trees and flowering bushes are scattered throughout the cemetery.


Related Subjects:   Cemeteries, Groton

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