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Tuesday, April 24 News

New life for gravestones in historic Greenfield Hill Cemetery

Grave matters were at hand Saturday as a band of volunteers gathered in the historic Greenfield Hill Cemetery.

The group turned out to clean the headstones -- some of them centuries old -- at the Bronson Road burial ground that dates to the early 18th century. It is the final resting place for more than 100 veterans of the Revolutionary War, as well as veterans of the French and Indian War, the War of 1812 and Civil War.

Members of early Fairfield's most prominent families are among those buried in the cemetery, including Burrs, Ogdens, Bulkleys and Baldwins. The oldest grave dates to 1737.

A dozen people from Greenfield Hill Village Improvement Society and Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution teamed up to clean moss and other natural growth off gravestones to restore the legibility of the inscriptions. The work was also done in preparation for the dedication of a new plaque on Flag Day, June 14, recognizing additional men from town who served in the American Revolution, according to Cathy Tymniak, the regent of the DAR's local chapter.

One of the men to be recognized is Isaac Bronson, after whom Bronson Road is named.

The volunteers were trained in proper cleanup techniques by the Connecticut Gravestone Network.