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.

MAY

Bird Walk
Saturday, May 11, 6:30 am
Free for All
Join Jay Kaplan from Roaring Brook Nature Center for his annual bird walk at Cedar Hill. Jay will lead participants through the ornamental foreground in search of resident and migratory birds. Appropriate hiking shoes and binoculars are strongly recommended. Meet near the bridge along the entrance drive.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, May 15, 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.

 JUNE

Tree Walk – Connecticut Trails Day
Saturday, June 1, 10:00 am
Free for All
John Kehoe leads this walk featuring Cedar Hill’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. Meet near the bridge along the entrance drive.

Angels Among Us
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 pm 
Admission: $5.00; 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 acquaint you with the figural monuments in our historic cemetery. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Celebrate West Hartford
Saturday, June 15, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill, Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society Members Free
West Hartford, officially separated from the capital city in 1854, was home to many well-known personages who now reside at Cedar Hill. Meet notables, including Yung Wing, Ira Dimock, Morgan Brainard and more, on this walking tour of the cemetery. Meet at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, June 19, 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.

Lest We Forget: Infectious Diseases (1850-1918)
Saturday, June 22, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Cholera infantum, the bloody flux, ague, putrid fever, filth disease, consumption – and the treatments sometimes sounded just as scary. Evelyn Bollert explores the fearsome infectious diseases that afflicted Cedar Hill families in the late 19th and early 20th centuries on this walking tour of the cemetery. Meet at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

College Ties – Hartford’s Trinity College
Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 am
Admission $5.00; 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 introduces you to Trinity alumni, faculty, and benefactors who now reside at Cedar Hill.

Butterfly Hunt
Saturday, June 29, 10:00 am
Free for All
Hunt for butterflies with Roy Zartarian and the Connecticut Butterfly Association. With nearly 20 species known to visit Cedar Hill, volunteers will help find and net butterflies for viewing. Appropriate hiking shoes, long pants and bug repellent are recommended.

JULY

Stories in Stone
Thursday, July 11, 6:30 pm
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Learn about monument styles often found in 19th-century cemeteries such as 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. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Mark Twain’s Companions & Cohorts
Saturday, July 13, 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. Learn about Twain’s life and his many Nook Farm friends, neighbors and colleagues during this walking tour led by Steve Courtney. Meet at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, July 17, 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.

Remarkable Women
Saturday, July 20, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; 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 include Emily Parmely Collins, Katharine Seymour Day and Annie Warburton Goodrich. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

The Prosecution Rests
Tuesday, July 23, 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.  The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Music Among the Memorials
Friday, July 26, 6:00 pm (Rain Date: Saturday, July 27, 6:00 pm)

Free for All
Enjoy an evening of modern Americana music at Cedar Hill with the folk-rock-grass-blues duo, The Meadow Brothers. Dustin and Ian Meadows, with acoustic guitars, harmonica, and vocal harmonies, blend folk and country with a blues edge for a sound all their own. Bring blankets, chairs and picnic dinners for a night to remember.

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.

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.

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
George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee

 

 

 

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