Journeys with Jim: Green Lady Cemetery has become quite different

Published on Wednesday, 25 July 2018 16:48


Just this past week, my wife and I were in the Burlington area. As we passed an old graveyard, she asked me if that was the famous “Green Lady” Cemetery. “No,” I said. “But we’re not far away. Let’s take a detour and I’ll show you.”

Turning onto Covey Road off Route 4, I drove down to the “T” intersection at the end of the road. Just before the stop sign, I pointed out the little brook that was on either side of the road. I remember back some years ago this was a pretty good trout fishing spot. I think it was back in the late ’90s the property became posted by the water company, putting an end to fishing there. If I recall, the name of the little creek was the Bunnell Brook.

Continuing on with our journey, I passed by the old fresh air camp property. I couldn’t see any of the old buildings through the foliage - I guess they’re all gone now. As we turned left onto the old gravel road the infamous Green Lady Cemetery appeared on our right. As a teenager, nearly a half century ago, the place was bigger than life on a Halloween night. My high school pals and I made the annual pilgrimage to seek the Green Lady on the one special night of the year.

Although we never did see the Green Lady or any lady for that matter, it was an adventure and a rite of passage of sorts. Fast forward to today and the property is little more that an empty lot. Only a few grave stones are still standing with most other weathered nearly to the ground. As my wife walked the small graveyard, I seemed to journey back in time and remembered days long passed and the carefree days on my youth.

I recently paid my motor vehicle registration renewal and noticed a $10 fee added to the bill. It seems the state added the fee as part of the Passport to Parks Program. The program opens all state parks and forest recreation areas which would otherwise charge between $10 and in some cases as much as $22 per visit. I guess it’s a good deal for residents who may otherwise not be able to make use of some of our state parks.

With car registrations due every two years, the price for a season pass is only $5, not bad. Just a month or so ago I wanted to try fishing at one of our parks in lower Fairfield County but really didn’t want to spend the $22 parking fee just to go fishing for a few hours at a spot I’ve never been before, especially if the fishing was not very good. Now that the program is up and running and I’ve paid for my pass, I may just head back down to that park or plan a trip to some other spot for my next outdoor adventure.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports on Wednesday, 25 July 2018 16:48. Updated: Wednesday, 25 July 2018 16:50.