A car hits and damages a stone wall surrounding the historic cemetery: Norwalk PD

NORWALK, CT – A vehicle struck and damaged a stone wall surrounding a historic cemetery and graveyard along East Avenue over the weekend, police say.

In an email Monday, Police Sgt. Sofia Gulino confirmed that the city dispatch center received several calls around 10 p.m. Saturday about a vehicle hitting the wall and leaving the area.

Gulino also noted that the department only had limited information to share about the incident at this time, as no report had yet been written.

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Rubble from the damaged wall could be seen spreading across the graveyard from the cemetery the following day. St. Paul’s on the Green did not respond to a request for comment on the incident.

According to the Norwalk Hour, town historian David Westmoreland said the church had insurance that would likely cover the cost of repairs, which he would cost less than $10,000but rebuilding the wall would probably take some time.

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Westmoreland also noted that the cemetery wall dates back to the late 1700s or early 1800s, and that around 1,000 people are likely buried there, reports the Norwalk Hour.

According to the church’s website, the grounds of St. Paul “are home to a historic cemetery where you will find examples of cemetery architecture from the early colonial era through the 18th and 19th centuries.”

The website also notes that the church itself was founded in 1737, but the current church, built in the 1920s, is the fifth erected on the site.

Patch contacted the city and the Norwalk Historical Society for more information.

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