A Grave Discovery for Halloween

Construction crew unearths colonial gravestone.

Nearly 243 years after he died, the specter of a colonial New Havener returned, as an “orphan” found alone on Orange Street.

The “orphan” is an ancient footstone from a grave belonging to Stephen Howell, a man who died in 1770. Construction workers uncovered the stone this week at the corner of Orange and George streets while working underground on a drainage project associated with the Rt. 34 overhaul nearby.

The find, just in time for Halloween, comes almost a year after New Haven’s colonial past emerged in a similarly spooky fashion. Just before the All Hallow’s Eve last year, a skeleton appeared on the Green, tangled in the roots of an overturned tree.

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Source: New Haven Independent