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Wood Cemetery
Cemetery #: 5 | PIN #: 178019510556 | Status: Not in use | Lot Size: .15 acres
Address: Corner of Pleasant Valley Road North and Catalpa Drive

Directions: From Route 12 North, turn right onto Gungywamp Road. Then left onto Packer Road. When road splits, take fork onto Godfrey Road. At stop sign, go right onto Cold Spring Road. Cemetery is on the left. Follow dirt path up slight hill to cemetery.
Caretaker: Wightman Cemetery Association (Dan La Capra)
Number of Markers : 100
Earliest: 1747
Family Names : Wightman, Lamb, Denison, Burrows, Lamphere/Landphere, Holdridge, Haley, Colver/Culver, many others.
Symbols/Unusual Stones: Soul effigies, Willow and urn. Wolf stone.
Design Elements: Markers are in rows but face many directions. Generally grouped by families. Randomly placed trees.
Enclosure: Finished stone wall. Iron entrance gate.
Ground Conditions: Good: grass is 2 feet high in some palces.
Stone Conditions: Most are in good condition. Lichen problems on old slate (?) markers. Some are badly flaked.
Historical Significance: Site of first Baptist church in Connecticut. First Baptist minister buried here.
Hazards: None are obvious
Recommendations: 1) maintain grass. 2) map cemetery locating markers and signifcance of those buried there.
Date: 6/26/1996
Description: The first Baptist Church in Connecticut was next to the Wightman Cemetery, and the First Baptist minister is buried in the cemetery. In addition, a wolf stone, perhaps the only one in Groton exists here; it is visible from the entrance of the cemetery. Wightman Cemetery has an active cemetery association, however, the upkeep of the grounds seems to have slipped so far this year. A field of rustic footstones lies in between two sections of markers, many of which have soul effifgies or willow and urn carvings on them.

Related Subjects:   Cemeteries, Groton