Tours and Events

Twain Tour webCedar Hill Cemetery Foundation shares the art, history and natural resources of Cedar Hill with the public through creative programming designed to expand the cemetery’s visibility and to foster appreciation and support. See Calendar of Events below.


2016 Tours & Events


Feathered Friends Walk
Saturday, May 14, 6:30 am
Free for All
Join Jay Kaplan from Roaring Brook Nature Center for his annual bird walk at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Jay will lead participants through our ornamental foreground in search of resident birds. Appropriate hiking shoes and binoculars are strongly recommended. Meet near the bridge along the entrance drive.

Séance 101
Thursday, May 26, 6:00 pm
Admission: $30.00 SOLD OUT
Reservations Required – Call 860-956-3311
Spiritualist medium Elaine Kuzmeskus, author of Séance: 101 and The Art of Mediumship, will discuss the art and science of séances. Since everyone will receive a reading, the program is limited to 15 people. Reservations and prepayment required.


Tree Buffs Tour – Connecticut Trails Day
Saturday, June 4, 10:00 am
Free for All
Tree expert John Kehoe leads this 2-mile walk featuring Cedar Hill Cemetery’s rare and notable trees. The tour, through the ornamental foreground and historic memorial sections, will highlight trees such as the beautiful European Weeping Beech, the unusual (for the Northeast) Umbrella Magnolia and the Huss Hemlock named for a resident of Cedar Hill.

Researching Your Civil War Ancestor
Thursday, June 9, at 6:30 pm
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
During this walking tour, Mary Falvey will share resources and tips about researching Civil War veterans while also highlighting some of the illustrious veterans buried at Cedar Hill.

Butterfly Hunt
Saturday, June 18, 10:00 am
Free for All
Hunt for butterflies with Roy Zartarian and the Connecticut Butterfly Association. Cedar Hill Cemetery supports a significant butterfly population, with nearly 20 species spotted here, including the elusive Hackberry Emperor. Connecticut Butterfly Association volunteers will help find and net butterflies for viewing. Appropriate hiking shoes, long pants and bug repellent are recommended.

Connecticut Wildlife
Saturday, June 25, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF, Let’s Go Arts Members & Children 12 & under: Free
Get up close and personal with some native animals while learning about the human activities that affect them. The New Children’s Museum of West Hartford will bring animals such as a turtle, chinchilla, lizard or ferret to Cedar Hill for this educational program. Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult.


Mark Twain’s Companions & Cohorts
Saturday, July 9, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF Members, Mark Twain Museum & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
While Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, is laid to rest in Elmira, New York, many of his Hartford companions and cohorts are interred at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Learn about Twain’s life and his many Nook Farm friends, neighbors and colleagues during this tour led by Steve Courtney. Featured residents will include Reverend Joseph Hopkins Twichell, Charles Dudley Warner and Isabella Beecher Hooker.

The Artists of Cedar Hill
Thursday, July 14, 6:30 pm
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Learn about the lives and accomplishments of some of Cedar Hill’s noteworthy artists. Debbie Alter leads this tour focusing on the cemetery’s creative residents including William Glackens, Albert Entress and Katharine Seymour Day.

Music Among the Memorials
Friday, July 22, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Rain Date: Saturday, July 23)
Free for All
Join us at Cedar Hill Cemetery for an evening of music. The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music bring energy and fun to Cedar Hill with covers of music they love from The Grateful Dead and Johnny Cash to reggae and rock-influenced original music featuring the ukulele and guitar. Bring blankets, chairs and picnic dinners for an evening to remember.

Barnstormers & Aviators
Saturday, July 23, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts: Free
Learn about Connecticut’s role in aviation history through the stories of noted stunt flyers, aviation innovators and early supporters of winged flight. Tales of daring pioneers, from Charles K. Hamilton to Edson Gallaudet and Mary Jenson, will delight and amaze.

Hartford High Alumni
Saturday, July 30, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
During the Victorian era, Hartford Public High School earned a national reputation for excellence. Debbie Alter shares the stories of notable 19th-century graduates who attended the capitol city’s top secondary school.


Sunset Notables Tour
Thursday, August 11, 6:30 pm
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Join us for a tour through the historic memorial grounds featuring some of Cedar Hill Cemetery’s most notable residents and monuments. Highlights include the monuments of General Griffin Stedman, Katharine Hepburn and Mark Howard. Participants will enjoy watching the sun set over Cedar Mountain during the walk.

The Streets of Hartford
Saturday, August 13, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Ever wondered how Hartford streets got their names? Patrick Haggerty will lead this fascinating tour highlighting Cedar Hill residents for whom the capitol city streets were named. From Brainard Road to Jewell Street and Fairfield Avenue, learn about the people who have been immortalized on the streets of Hartford.

Hartford Landmarks & Legacy Tour
Saturday, August 20, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
From the Goodwins to Colts, Keneys and Popes, Cedar Hill Cemetery is the final resting place for many of the namesakes of Hartford’s landmarks. Explore the connections between these prominent residents and the cemetery with former Cedar Hill staff member Mellissa Craig.

Movie Night: Featuring Katharine Hepburn in Holiday
Thursday, August 25, 7:30 pm (Rain Date: Friday, August 26)
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Bring a blanket and your favorite candy for a movie under the stars at Cedar Hill Cemetery! Enjoy Katharine Hepburn & Cary Grant in Holiday (1938). In this romantic comedy Johnny’s (Grant) unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except his fiancée’s eccentric sister (Hepburn) and long suffering brother (Lew Ayres).

Mushroom Walk
Saturday, August 27, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts 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 identification resources while identifying any fungi collected.


Mystery Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 10, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Admission: $5.00 per person
Reservations Required – Call 860-956-3311
It’s time to solve another mystery! Learn about 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 fun. 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 Mount Auburn Cemetery Bus Trip
Saturday, September 17
Departs: 8:00 am, Wethersfield Commuter Lot
Estimated Return: 7:30 pm
$105 per person, member; $115 per person, non-member
The daytrip begins with a guided walking tour of Mount Auburn in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The tour will highlight the history of the country’s first landscaped garden cemetery along with notable monuments and residents. We will then enjoy lunch at Maggiano’s Restaurant, a popular Italian eatery located in Boston’s theatre district. The family-style meal includes appetizers, tossed salad, choice of three entrées, and dessert. After lunch, we hop aboard a riverboat for a fully-narrated sightseeing cruise along the Charles River. The captain and crew will entertain and educate while pointing out the historic and cultural sights of Boston and Cambridge. Sights include Beacon Hill, Esplanade Park, the Back Bay, Boston University, M.I.T., and Harvard.


Civil War POW Walk
Saturday, October 1, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Cedar Hill Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 175 Civil War soldiers some of whom endured horrific conditions as prisoners of war. Evelyn Bollert will lead visitors on a tour of the final resting places of prisoners of the Civil War and tell their stories of bravery, resilience and heartbreak.

Angels Among Us
Saturday, October 15, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Learn about the angels and allegorical figures that grace the landscape of Cedar Hill. From the angel Gabriel to representations of Faith, Hope and Memory, Foundation Director Beverly Lucas will highlight the figural monuments in our historic cemetery.

Hallowed History Lantern Tour
Friday, October 28, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Admission: $15.00; Reservations Required – Call 860-956-3311
Join us for the only night Cedar Hill Cemetery is open to the public after dark. Led by lantern light, attendees will visit the final resting places of some of Cedar Hill’s notable and not-so-notable residents. Character actors will share their true-yet-darker-tales. 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.



Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation would like to thank the Greater Hartford Arts Council for its support of our educational mission.