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Discover Greenwich Walking Tour: Tomac Cemetery

Event Details

Date: October 22, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm
–2:00 pm

Date change due to rain. This tour will now be held on Sunday, October 22 from 1-2 pm.

Explore the history of Tomac Cemetery in this engaging tour with the Greenwich Historical Society and guide Pat Fulkerson Larrabee, Historian of the First Congregational Church of Greenwich. Learn about the historical significance of this burying ground as well as ongoing efforts to maintain and preserve the site. This one-acre cemetery is the oldest existing one in Greenwich. It has 272 known burials, including 29 Revolutionary War veterans and six War of 1812 veterans. Its last burial was in 1904. Many blank fieldstone markers are in the back. Unfortunately, there are no burial records from 1640 – 1717. Join us as we discuss all of this and more in this intriguing tour that takes a step back in time and illuminates the stories of our community that have created the vibrant town we know today.

Speaker Biography

Pat Fulkerson Larrabee

Historian of the First Congregational Church of Greenwich


Pat was born and raised in Illinois, has been a high school chemistry teacher, chemical research technician, portrait painter, systems analyst, mother of two fine sons and now has five grandchildren. She and Tad have lived in Bangkok, Thailand and London, England and travelled greatly. In 1975 they settled in Old Greenwich and Pat discovered a year later that she's an 8th great-granddaughter of Elizabeth and Robert Feake. In her job in the 1980's as a computer programmer/systems analyst, she created a search engine for the IBM mainframe computer, and is a self-taught webmaster who has worked on over 20 websites,. She has also enjoyed acting locally in community theatre for decades, once playing her own 8th great-grandmother in “The Winthrop Woman” in 1990. For three years Pat was president of Connecticut Ancestry in Stamford, and was editor of their quarterly journal. Genealogy remains a passion of hers, leading to her interest in history. In 2011 she was asked to reactivate and head up the Historical Committee to catalog, weed out and archive the 68 boxes (now 35) of artifacts at The First Congregational Church of Greenwich. She created a database in Excel of the church cemetery records. putting much of this church's history and stained glass windows on and later adding free self-guided tours of the windows and cemeteries. She's been a Deacon, Clerk, Head Usher, Webmaster, Treasurer of the Women’s Fellowship and was on the 350th Anniversary Planning Committee for the Church in 2015. In 2015 she agreed to be called Historian of First Church. She headed a committee of 18 people to research and write the Church's 50 year (1965-2015) history book as an update to The First Three Hundred Years book, which covered 1665-1965. For the Greenwich Historical Society, Pat created a Neighborhood Tour of Old Greenwich in PowerPoint in 2015 for the Town’s 375th Anniversary. She is working on an updated version of it with fun new discoveries.

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