The Burying Ground is just off the trail. There used to be chicken wire fence surrounding the area. The headstones that remain are barely readable.The trailhead is on Woodtick Road, across from Wilson Road. Limited parking is available on the side of Woodtick Road just north of the powerlines.
Earliest Burial: 05/28/1776
Latest Burial: 11/17/1781
From "History of the Town of Wolcott" by Rev.Samuel Orcutt
published in 1874:
"PIKE'S HILL BURYING GROUND.
This ground was laid out about 1774, by a committee of the Society appointed to 'fix a place or places for burying grounds.' The ground is located on the north declivity of the hill adjoining the Alcox road, in a most picturesque place. Here but few graves were made, some of which were afterwards removed to the ground east at the foot of the same hill, about fifteen yet remaining. Graves continued to be made in this ground until 1805, when the one east was constructed, and all burying ceased in the old yard, it having been used but thirty years. Some five or six monuments remain having inscriptions on them; the other graves are indicated by small field stones"
Note that the spellings of names changed through the years and especially when one is looking at old tombstones that have been warn down from erosion and human destruction some letters are hard to decipher. The Alcott's (Alcox) and the Blakeslee's (Blakslee) were related through marriage. Patience Blakeslee married Jesse Alcox. Mathew Blakeslee married Rhoda Beach..
This small cemetery was hidden in the woods amongst the overgrown trees and shrubs and needed much tender loving care.
Boy Scout Steve Lago, his family, and Scout workers were able to clear the undergrowth, remove numerous large rocks, and cut down of several large trees to make room for a new fence .... The Town provided the money for the fence through a fund allocated for historic cemetery improvements.
Steve received a donation from the American Legion Auxiliary to purchase a sign that he placed at the entrance of the cemetery on the gate. Steve, his Mom, Dad, and sister also became very interested in the way the stones were placed and noted that each stone had a headstone as well as a smaller footstone. They were able to match each for most of the remaining stones.
Steve finished his Eagle Scout Project ... his wonderful efforts that have preserved yet another piece of history.
To view this cemetery, access it off of Woodtick Road just across from Wilson Road. You will see a sign on a tree that says "Tunxis Trail.". Hike the Tunxis Trail in about a quarter-mile, ...the cemetery on the right.
GPS Coordinates: 41.61795, -72.95802
- Added: 19 Mar 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2346586
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