Tours and Events 2019

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Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation invites you to discover the art, history, and natural beauty of Cedar Hill’s park-like grounds by attending our programs. Activities include thematic walks, theatrical performances, musical events, movies and family-friendly programs.

AUGUST

Sunset Notables Tour
Thursday, August 8, 6:30 pm
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Discover the history and beauty of Cedar Hill on this tour showcasing some of our most celebrated residents and renowned monuments. Stops include General Griffin Stedman, Gilbert Heublein, John Pierpont Morgan and Mark Howard. Participants will enjoy watching the sun set over Cedar Mountain during the walk. Meet at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Notable Architects
Saturday, August 10, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00, Cedar Hill & Hartford Preservation Alliance Members Free
Mary Falvey, Director of the Hartford Preservation Alliance, will share the life and times of prominent Hartford architects and highlight the buildings and homes they designed. Notables include Walter P. Crabtree, Edward Hapgood, William Scoville and more. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Arts & Letters
Saturday, August 17, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Meet Cedar Hill’s creative residents including our most distinguished artists, actors and authors. Debbie Alter will introduce you to lesser-known personalities such as Nicholas Hudson Holt, Fern Andra and Frances Laughlin Wadsworth, as well as the noteworthy William Glackens, Wallace Stevens and Katharine Hepburn. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, August 21, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Bob Chudy leads this introductory tour about Cedar Hill’s most prominent residents. Hear about the discoverer of anesthesia and his tragic life, the woman behind the management of Colt Manufacturing, and the man who saved the country from bankruptcy twice. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Movie Night: On Golden Pond  
Thursday, August 22, 7:30 pm (Rain Date: Friday, August 23, 7:30 pm)
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Cantankerous Norman and his appeasing wife Ethel spend summers on Golden Pond. On her way to Europe, daughter Chelsea leaves her fiancée’s son to bond with Norman. When she returns, Chelsea attempts to repair the long-strained relationship with her father before it’s too late. Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda star in the Oscar-winning film. Bring a blanket or chair and your favorite candy for a movie under the stars.

Mushroom Walk
Saturday, August 24, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Join Joe Lenoce of Connecticut Valley Mycological Society in search of mushrooms at Cedar Hill. During this educational hunt, Joe will discuss the basic types of fungi, where to find them and proper methods of collecting. After the walk, he will review documentation resources while identifying any fungi collected. Meet near the bridge along the entrance drive.

A Monumental Man: The Art of James Batterson
Tuesday, August 27, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
James Batterson, owner of New England Granite Works, played a key role in the establishment of Cedar Hill. And monuments attributed to his prolific company are scattered throughout the cemetery. Foundation Director Beverly Lucas highlights Batterson’s incredible monuments on this walking tour of the historic cemetery. Meet at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

SEPTEMBER

Mystery Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 7, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Admission: $5.00 per person
Reservations Required – Call 860-956-3311
Explore Cedar Hill while deciphering creative clues that direct you around the historic sections of the cemetery. Teams of up to four people each compete in the hunt. Once teams have collected all the clues, it’s time to solve the mystery. It’s a race to the finish, as prizes (and bragging rights) will be awarded to teams who solve the mystery the fastest.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, September 18, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Bob Chudy leads this introductory tour about Cedar Hill’s most prominent residents. Hear about the discoverer of anesthesia and his tragic life, the woman behind the management of Colt Manufacturing, and the man who saved the country from bankruptcy twice. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Stargazing at Cedar Hill
Thursday, September 19, 7:30 pm
Free for All
Explore the night sky with the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford. Learn about telescopes and astronomy while viewing prominent objects such as the moon, globular clusters, planets, nebulas or galaxies. Reservations suggested. Email blucas@cedarhillcemetery.org or call (860) 956-3311 to register.

We’ve Got the Cure: Notable Physicians
Saturday, September 28, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Len Oberg leads this walking tour highlighting prominent physicians buried at Cedar Hill. Hear about doctors, dentists and surgeons and their associations to Hartford’s early medical institutions including Hartford Hospital and the Retreat for the Insane. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

OCTOBER

When Disaster Strikes
Saturday, October 5, 10:00 am
Admission $5.00, Members Free
Learn about local and national disasters through the eyes of Cedar Hill residents. Stories include the Titanic, 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Fales & Gray Explosion (1854), Norwalk Train Wreck (1853), 1911 Heat Wave, Hartford Circus Fire (1944), and the 1938 Hurricane. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Lost in a Laughing-Gas World: Horace Wells in Fact and Fiction
Lecture by Michael Downs, author of The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells
Sunday, October 6, 2:00 pm
Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield
Admission: $15 (nonmembers) and $12 (members) includes copy of The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells
In recognition of the 175th anniversary of the discovery of anesthesia, author Michael Downs will discuss the tragic life of Hartford dentist Horace Wells whose obsession with pain and its destruction threatened his family, his finances, and his sanity. Funding provided by Connecticut Humanities. Reservations Requested – register here.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, October 16, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Bob Chudy leads this introductory tour about Cedar Hill’s most prominent residents. Hear about the discoverer of anesthesia and his tragic life, the woman behind the management of Colt Manufacturing, and the man who saved the country from bankruptcy twice. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Hallowed History Lantern Tour
Friday, October 25, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 
Admission: $15.00; Reservations Required – Call 860-956-3311
History comes alive on this lantern-led tour of Cedar Hill. Character actors share tantalizing true stories of some of our notable and not-so-notable residents. To ensure your participation in this tour, reservations are required for specific time slots. Book your reservations early by calling 860-956-3311. Please note: This tour may NOT be suitable for children under 13. Wear appropriate walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

NOVEMBER

Tree Tour
Saturday, November 2, 10:00 am
Free for All
More than 2,000 trees representing 100 species and varieties grace the grounds of Cedar Hill. John Kehoe leads this autumn walk highlighting a colorful sampling of our remarkable collection including maples, cherries, beeches, pines, cedars and more.

 

A special thank you to our funders who generously support our many activities.

Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N. A., Trustee

 

 

 

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