Thursday Doors – Elm Grove Cemetery

Elm Grove Chaple
This is the side door to the building that was a mortuary chapel. There are two other interesting doors on this tiny building, so you can expect me to return.

This is the side door of the Meeting House that was used as a mortuary chapel for Elm Grove Cemetery. I will return to this building, as it has two additional doors that I find interesting. The cemetery is not on my normal commute, but it is on my commute when I have to stop at the ATM on my way to work.

I love some of the early morning pictures I’ve been able to get from the cemetery roads. There is something very peaceful about being in a cemetery, especially on a stormy day. I’ll share some of those in a different post. I am trying to keep the Thursday Doors posts short.

According to a historical building page, The Ecclesiastical Society of Poquonock in Windsor was established in 1726 and a meeting house was built the following year. A second meeting house was built in 1798. The old Society’s church was torn down in 1882, but in 1893 a mortuary chapel for the adjacent Elm Grove Cemetery (earliest stone 1738) was constructed on the same site.

This cemetery is owned and maintained by the Second School Society, which dates back to the earliest government of Windsor, CT, starting in 1633. Elm Grove replaced Ye Olde Poquonock Burial Grounds, which became filled to capacity in the early 1800s.

This post is part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors series. Have you seen an interesting door, a funny door or an odd door? Join the fun, Norm has made it easy

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  1. I love cemeteries, as you say there’s something really peaceful about them, and I like looking at old toombstones and the inscriptions on them. We used to live near an old cemetery that was no longer in use and had tombstones that were 200 or 300 years old. I used to love meandering in there.

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  2. Good one Dan. I love all of the different elements on the building andhow the door seems to hold them all together. I love old building like that, and cemeteries too, becasue they can tell you so much about the community their in.

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    1. Thanks Norm. Poquonock is another one of those neighborhoods within a town that I mentioned last week. That they built several of these buildings is amazing, considering the time they were built. Such craftsmanship with nothing other than hand tools. I’d have loved to have been there to learn from those folks.

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    1. It’s funny Judy. I didn’t realize until after I pushed ‘publish’ that the photo was of the side door. I had to edit “Front” to “Side” quickly. I remember that it was very early and that the front door wasn’t well lit, but that was two days ago :) So, I guess I’ve already shown two of the three doors. I will return for the tiny little door on a shed-like structure near the back. You can see a little bit of the side of that in the picture of the door.

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  3. If the side door is as gorgeous, the main door must be outstanding. The blue paint is also striking. Although cemeteries can be sad places they also trigger a sense of peace, I agree. On a stormy day, they can be a little eerie but remain places of reflection. The light above and around the Meeting House is lovely. I’ve seen lots of interesting doors, especially in France but I rarely took photos of them. Back then I didn’t have the same reflex as I have now. Too bad. See you at the other door.

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    1. Thanks Evelyne! I have always liked doors, and now I have a reason to take some pictures. New England has a lot of well-crafted old buildings. I think one the weather really gets nice for walking, I will be able to build up a supply.

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  4. “The building is small by today’s standards”

    Reminds me of the miniature house/ mobile house craze happening lately. Individuals are foregoing the large, sometimes unnecessary, square – footage and choosing to live a very off-grid , earth friendly lifestyle. I find it thoroughly fascinating.

    Always a great history lesson when I stop by for a read, thank you for being dedicated to the assignments and sharing the journey with us :)

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  5. The detail on this building is so beautiful, Dan. Someone went to a lot of trouble to craft this building into something unique. The contrasting colors set off the details. Just beautiful. And yes, great shots of that building and door, Dan. I must give credit where credit is due. (smile) Love, Amy

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