Saturday, December 7 8:30 to 3:00 Parmelee Farmhouse 465 Route 81
Handmade gifts and decorations, delicious baked and canned goods, holiday arrangements, and other treats await. This annual tradition is always a popular stop for holiday shoppers!
Don't forget to get a number, as space inside the farmhouse is limited. Santa's Attic in our carriage shed will open at 8:15. (We now accept credit cards.)
Here Lyes the Body... The Early Gravestones of a Colonial Town: Killingworth, Connecticut a new book by Thomas L. Lentz
You probably drive by them every day without even noticing them. You may live near them or even taken a stroll and read them or marveled at them artistically, but have you ever really considered the legacy of a gravestone.
From the simplest field stone carved with only initials and a date, to elaborate marble and granite statues, gravestones mark the final resting place of the people who shaped our towns. Early gravestones are deteriorating and some have already been lost to the elements. Thomas L. Lentz, Municipal Historian for the Town of Killingworth, has documented and photographed over 450 gravestones in Killingworth, Clinton, and Durham, Connecticut, preserving images of the early gravestones in this part of the state.
In addition to the photos, learn about changing styles, symbolism, and iconography from the 17th through early 20th centuries. Causes of death and burial practices of the times are also included.
With markers of many of the first settlers, clergy, and patriots, this book makes a wonderful addition to the collection of anyone interested in local history. Gravestones with dates of birth and death are useful to genealogists, especially when other sources are lacking.
Treat someone to a unique gift or add one to your library. 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).