Derby History Quiz

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Rev. John Bowes HeadstoneNot many people recognized the "Olde Uptown Burial Ground" - reputedly the oldest public burial ground in the United States. Most early burial grounds were associated with church organizations. Marsha Pettengil pointed out that "The oldest stone remaining is the Rev. John Bowers (dated June 14, 1687). There are also 241 years between the first and last stone placed in the cemetery.

The entrance to the Olde Uptown Burial Ground is located on Derby Avenue at the base of Academy Hill. Though parking is a bit of a problem, it's worth the effort of visiting with the grave sites of the first families of Derby.

See who's buried there. Click here for a listing & gravestone engravings complete with photos of many of the headstones.

Those with the correct answer besides Marsha were Randy Ritter, Andrew DeTullio and Markanthony Izzo. Aaron (No last name) recognized the cemetery, but had the wrong name!

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