Booking Cemetery Tours

Every Columbus Day weekend, and also by reservation during the rest of the year, I have the pleasure of leading a special tour at the Nathan Hale Cemetery in Coventry, CT. Graveyards, especially ancient ones, are full to bursting with stories of ghosts, accidents and incidents, history, catastrophic illness, derring do, and other anomalies of every day life. Sometimes the most interesting tales are about ordinary people rather than

the rich and famous. In a way, all cemeteries can be said to be haunted. It just takes some detective work to ferret out the details.

At Nathan Hale, tour participants learn about 17th and 18th century burial practices and beliefs, shrouds and epitaphs, and volunteers have the opportunity to check out the view for themselves at an intact grave site. Secrets in stone abound in this yard, and true tales of early near-death experiences, journeys to heaven, and kidnapping by Indians are among the many topics elicited by what is carved upon the grave markers. Discover where several of the ghosts said to haunt Hale Homestead are spending eternity. Learn about consumption and vampirism, but never fear, protection is always provided for all who enter here. Hear of the intriguing but little known connection between the Hale family and the Salem Witch Trials.


What was the leading cause of death among children? Why is Nathan Hale so famous and where do his bones repose today? Who carved these fantastic images, and where did they get the stone?

Tours of Nathan Hale Cemetery are available year round, and after -dark lantern light programs can be arranged as well. Fees very with size of group and length of tour. If you have an ancestor buried in Coventry, it might be possible to show you the grave, with advance notice. It’s easy to book a program simply by entering your request as a comment to this post , or by sending an email to


6 thoughts on “Booking Cemetery Tours

  1. Bryan Crow says:

    Hello, Linda.

    Your sites are impressive. I’ll show my wife “Dances with Wool.” She’ll love it. She’s a quilt maker.

    Forgive me. This submission is an inappropriate and roundabout way to respond to your Amazon review question (do I seriously compare Greg Iles with William Faulkner?).

    I can’t help blushing. Your writing and your reading put mine to shame. Oh, I don’t suffer. I manage to content myself with my fallible brain. Still, I bow to your implicit criticism. I may not be especially proud of my tastes. They’re all in my mouth! Lucky for me, they make vanilla as well as chocolate.

    And it’s with this old organ that I can’t help wondering whether I’d prefer The Sound and the Fury to Iles’ True Evil. I haven’t read Faulkner since I was at Vanderbilt in the late fifties. Since I haven’t read him as an adult, I’d have to read Fury and Evil alongside each other to test them–or rather, to test myself.

    I suspect I’d prefer Iles. l bet his upcoming release will give me more pleasure than The Hamlet. I confess I harbor a skeptic’s view of the concept of classicism. I enjoy established art but can’t think anything’s the be-all, much less the end-all. I wonder whether da Vinci would, if commissioned to repaint his Mona Lisa again after soaking in the art produced since his time, try to duplicate it stroke-for-stroke. I think the guy was trying to do what photography came to do, although his “failures” to produce realistic images ironically succeed. Mona’s portrait, obviously no photograph, succeeds in achieving both something less and something much greater.

    I suspect Iles would score at least as high as Faulkner on the WAIS or on instruments that (ostensibly) measure creativity. Who’s to say Iles doesn’t try as hard as Faulkner to harness his powers? Who’s to say his motives are less noble? Who says rural Mississippi in the early 20th century provided a superior background?

    If Faulkner had somehow produced his body of work without publishing it, and if it were published today, would the world receive it with the reverence we accord it now?

    Most respectfully,


    • katknit says:

      Hi Bryan,
      You raise some interesting questions, but in the case of Iles vs Faulkner, there’s no contest. Iles is just a hack. He repeats favorite phrases, uses simplistic language, and is melodramatic. Faulkner is not a favorite of mine, either, but at least his prose is sophisticated, accomplished, and grammatically correct. Nevertheless, there’s nothing wrong with reading what you enjoy, if you recognize it for what it is.

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments, and I’m pleased that you like my blogs. I’m going over to Amazon right now to read more of your reviews.

  2. Cynthia says:

    I will tour the cemetery when my husband and I get back to his hometown, Monson. Can’t say when, yet.

    His mother was Faith Hale and we have her grandmother, Clara A. Hale’s crazy quilt. It was made 1879-1883 as it is embroidered.

  3. Hi Linda,

    Curious if you live near or in Coventry, CT and might have heard of the Annual Lantern Tour and Haunted Woods Walk Event at the Strong Porter House.

    Please contact me.


    • katknit says:

      Hi Jim,
      Actually, I work at Hale Homestead, so yes, I am familiar with those events. I tried to contact you at the given url, but kept getting an error message. Please feel free to contact me again here.
      Thanks for visiting!

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