The Early Gravestones of a Colonial Town: Killingworth, Connecticut by Thomas L. Lentz
This new book documents and photographically records over 450 gravestones in Killingworth, Clinton, and Durham, Connecticut. A major purpose of the book is to preserve images of the remaining early gravestones in this part of Connecticut, many of which are deteriorating. The changing styles, symbolism, and iconography from the seventeenth through the early twentieth centuries are discussed. The book includes the markers of many of the first settlers, clergy, and patriots making it a valuable resource of the history of the area. It also has chapters on causes of death and burial practices. Gravestones with dates of birth and death are useful to genealogists, especially when other sources are lacking. The author, Thomas L. Lentz, is the Municipal Historian for the Town of Killingworth. The book is published by the Killingworth Historical Society.
Books are $25 and can be purchased from the Killingworth Historical Society at its open houses at the Parmelee Farmhouse, at Killingworth Town Hall, and at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison. It can also be obtained from Amazon.com or Pathway Book Service (click link to purchase online).
A book signing by the author will be held at the Parmelee House at the Artisan Market on September 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Board Proposes Bylaw Changes
The Board of Directors is recommending changes to the Society's Bylaws. The members will have a chance to vote on these changes at the annual meeting in the fall (date to be announced). Click here to read the bylaws with proposed revisions.
Remembering Lew Scranton
Historical Society founding member, Lew Scranton, passed away on August 1, 2019. For 50 years, Lew brought his knowledge and enthusiasm for local history to our group. He was passionate about antiques, life, and Killingworth, and his boisterous personality will be missed by all who knew him.
Mark your calendars for the annual Christmas Fair!!!