Tours and Events 2018

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

JULY

Mark Twain’s Companions & Cohorts
Saturday, July 7, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill & Mark Twain Museum 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 walking tour led by Steve Courtney.

Stories in Stone
Thursday, July 12, 6:30 pm 
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill Members Free
Learn about monument styles often found in 19th-century cemeteries such as Hartford’s historic Cedar Hill. From the sarcophagus to the obelisk, Celtic cross, pyramid and more, Foundation Director Beverly Lucas will discuss the artistic and architectural design of the cemetery’s illustrious memorials.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, July 18, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill 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.

All the President’s Men
Saturday, July 21, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill Members Free
Learn about Cedar Hill residents who once held positions of national importance from Secretaries of the Navy to Commissioner of Education and Ministers to Russia. Mary Falvey leads this tour focused on men who served the U. S. government, many at the request of the sitting president.

Angels Among Us
Tuesday, July 24, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Learn about the angels and allegorical figures that grace the landscape of Cedar Hill Cemetery. From the angel Gabriel to representations of Faith, Hope and Memory, Foundation Director Beverly Lucas will acquaint you with the figural monuments in the historic cemetery.

Music Among the Memorials
Friday, July 27, 6:00 pm (Rain Date: Saturday, July 28, 6:00 pm)

Free for All
Enjoy an evening of new American roots music at Cedar Hill with Last Fair Deal. The popular Connecticut trio featuring guitarist Paul Howard, fiddler Tom Hagymasi, and banjo/mandolinist Phil Zimmerman will perform an eclectic selection of old-time string band, bluegrass, swing, and popular music. Bring blankets, chairs and picnic dinners for a night to remember.

AUGUST

Sunset Notables Tour
Thursday, August 9, 6:30 pm
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill Members Free
Discover the history and beauty of Cedar Hill Cemetery 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.

Remarkable Women
Saturday, August 11, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill Members Free
Meet the extraordinary women of Cedar Hill who inspire with their stories of purpose and engagement, compassion and generosity, and strength and determination. Featured residents on this new tour include Emily Parmely Collins, Katharine Seymour Day and Annie Warburton Goodrich.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, August 15, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill 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.

Movie Night: Featuring Katharine Hepburn in Without Love
Thursday, August 23, 7:30 pm (Rain Date: Friday, August 24, 7:30 pm)
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill Members Free
To aid the war effort, a lonely widow enters into a marriage of convenience with a military scientist so he can secretly conduct research in her basement. Will love blossom or will their arrangement remain strictly business? Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star in this World War II-era romantic comedy. Bring a blanket or chair and your favorite candy for a movie under the stars.

Mushroom Walk
Saturday, August 25, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill 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.

Sam & Elizabeth’s World – The Colts at Cedar Hill
Tuesday, August 28, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill Members Free
Elizabeth Colt erected the first major monument at Cedar Hill, one of her many efforts to commemorate her husband Sam’s legacy in Connecticut’s capitol city. Foundation Director Beverly Lucas will introduce you to Colt family members now residing at Cedar Hill as well as friends and associates of the influential couple.

SEPTEMBER

Mystery Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 8, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Admission: $5.00 per person
Reservations Required – Call 860-956-3311
Explore Cedar Hill Cemetery 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.

College Ties: Hartford’s Trinity College – NEW DATE
Saturday, September 15, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill Members Free
Founded in 1823, Trinity was the second college established in Connecticut.  Starting at the final resting place of principal founder and first president Bishop Thomas Church Brownell, Debbie Alter will introduce you to Trinity alumni, faculty, and benefactors who now reside at Cedar Hill.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, September 19, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill 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.

Arts & Letters
Tuesday, September 25, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill Members Free
Meet Cedar Hill Cemetery’s creative residents including our most distinguished artists, actors and authors. We 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.

A Monumental Man: The Art of James Batterson
Saturday, September 29, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill Members Free
James Batterson, co-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.

OCTOBER

The Prosecution Rests
Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
From the assassination of President Garfield to the crimes that inspired the movie Arsenic and Old Lace, Foundation Director Beverly Lucas shares intriguing stories of sensational trials, tragic crimes and even one unsolved mystery, all of which gripped the imagination of Connecticut residents.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, October 17, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill 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.

Hallowed History Lantern Tour
Friday, October 26, 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.

 

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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