The New Fairfield Cemetery, across the street from Town Hall, suffered significant damage in the May 15th storm. It's maintained by the New Fairfield Cemetery Association, which relies solely on donations for funding. The estimate for clean up and repairs, including tree removal, is $14,000. Multiple headstones were damaged, at least three large trees were uprooted and other trees sustained damage.
Headstones in the cemetery date back to the mid-1700s.
The Town Tribune reports that Association members are concerned about the condition of a rare headstone, since one of the damaged trees is covering it and might have damaged it beyond repair. The headstone is for “Phyllis - a slave of Martin Kellogg d April 30, 1810”.
Anyone in interested in making a donation or providing services is asked to contact New Fairfield Cemetery Association President Robert Fossity at 203-770-4829 or Linda Fox at 203-746-4753.