FAQ    (Frequently Asked Questions)


Are burial plots available?
Yes. As of the summer of 2010, there are over 1,300 burial plots available for sale.

What is the cost of a burial plot?
At the present time (fall, 2010), the cost of a plot is $6,500.

Is perpetual care included in the price of the plot?
Yes. Perpetual care is provided by the cemetery's staff as part of the purchase price.

Are there groups of plots available?
Yes. Although the number and availability change from time to time, there are generally from two to six contiguous plots in various locations within the cemetery.

Are there restrictions on who may be buried in The Grove Street Cemetery?
No. The cemetery is non-sectarian and places no restrictions on who may become a plot owner or who may be buried there. Race, color, creed and gender are not factors relating to the ownership of a burial plot.

Does the cemetery accept for burial the remains of someone whose body has been cremated?
Absolutely yes.

What hours is the cemetery open?
In general, the cemetery is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. However, it is recommended that before making a trip to visit the cemetery, it would be wise to call the office at (203) 787-1443 to verify the visiting hours for that day. IMPORTANT: Visitors should note that the last daily entry time is 3:30 p.m. in order for the staff to complete a patrol of the grounds and secure the cemetery by the 4:00 p.m. closing time. Thank you for your cooperation.

Is the cemetery open to visit as a place for personal contemplation and reflection?
Yes, by all means. And there are many who live or work in the area who visit the cemetery on a frequent basis for just such a purpose.

What is the relationship of the cemetery to Yale University?
None, except that a number of Yale alumni and members of the 'Yale Family' are buried in the cemetery.

Does an individual have to have been connected to Yale in any way to be buried in the cemetery?
No, absolutely not.

Does an individual have to belong to any historical organization or genealogical society to qualify for burial in the cemetery?
No, as noted earlier under the answer about restrictions.

Are military funerals permitted in the cemetery?
Yes. Many military funerals are held in the cemetery each year. Very often such burial services are accompanied by a gun salute as well as the playing of taps provided by local Armed Forces personnel. Arrangements for military funerals are made through the offices of the Funeral Director selected by the family.

Who manages the cemetery?
Each owner of a burial plot is termed a Proprietor of The Grove Street Cemetery. There is an elected Standing Committee of the Proprietors consisting of ten individuals whose responsibility it is to oversee the operation of the cemetery as well as to supervise the management of its finances and its endowment fund to ensure the continued fiscal soundness of the cemetery.

Please consult the Rules of the Cemetery Grounds document for additional information.


Friends of the Grove Street Cemetery, Inc.
P. O. Box #9238
New Haven, CT 06533-0238