History/Mission

Realizing the importance of preserving Cedar Hill’s significant memorial grounds, artworks and architecture, the cemetery’s Board of Directors established Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation in 1999. The Foundation’s mission is to preserve, protect and promote in perpetuity the art, culture, history and natural beauty of Hartford’s nationally-recognized Cedar Hill Cemetery.

As advocates of one of America’s most distinguished rural cemeteries, Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation serves to provide an unexpected experience to all who visit. Through the dedicated preservation and restoration of Cedar Hill’s monuments and grounds, the Foundation actively ensures that the stories of history, nature and culture at Cedar Hill Cemetery are, and remain to be, alive and well.

Recent accomplishments include restoring the memorial for Dr. Horace Wells – discoverer of anesthesia, restoring the memorial for the Oswin Welles family on Section 1, restoring the historic entryway gates, publishing Jacob Weidenmann: Pioneer Landscape Architect about Cedar Hill’s landscape architect and first superintendent, contributing funds to the planting of trees in the historic sections, erecting a Remembrance Memorial alongside Lake Llyn Mawr to recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions to the Foundation, completing a historical DVD capturing the life and legacy of Cedar Hill’s Executive Superintendent William F. Griswold, Jr., and offering numerous tours and events that attract more than two thousands visitors to Cedar Hill Cemetery annually.

Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation recently spearheaded the cleaning of ornamental bronze elements on historic monuments. To learn more about this ongoing project click here.