Cedar Hill Cemetery’s impressive monuments commemorate the lives of those buried here and in particular the markers located in the historic sections are creative expressions of Victorian funerary art. Many were designed and executed by noted artists and architects, reflecting the wealth and status of the city of Hartford and those who chose to be buried in its new fashionable cemetery. Some of Cedar Hill’s most noted artists of memorials include James Batterson, Richard Upjohn, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, George Keller and Louis Potter.
To preserve and protect the cemetery’s extensive and significant art collection, Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation raises the necessary funds to preserve and restore the historic memorial artworks that no longer have family members to care for them.
In 2002, Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation restored Dr. Horace Wells’ memorial on Section 4 and in 2006 restored Oswin Welles’ memorial on Section 1 (seen here in photo by Jeffrey Dutton). In 2008, the Foundation completed Phase I of Samuel and Elizabeth Colt’s memorial restoration. Currently, the Foundation is committed to raising funds to complete the restoration of the Colt memorial atop Section 2 and to supporting the Monument Fund, created to fund cleaning and minor restoration of historic monuments.