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. Below is a listing of the Foundation’s upcoming tours and events. Please check back often as this listing is continuously updated!

Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation’s 2015 Tours & Events Calendar

Mark Twain’s Minister – Lecture by Steve Courtney
Thursday, September 3, 5:30 pm
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Steve Courtney, author of the award-winning Joseph Hopkins Twichell: The Life and Times of Mark Twain’s Closest Friend, lectures about the Congregational minister who for forty years was the confidant, traveling companion and conversational foil for the great writer and humorist Mark Twain. Courtney, a former writer and editor for The Hartford Courant and publicist at the Mark Twain House & Museum received a 2009 Connecticut Book Award for his Twichell biography.

Mystery Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Admission: $5.00 per person
Reservations Required – Call 860-956-3311
Another Cedar Hill mystery has developed and we need your help. Teams of up to four people each compete to find and follow clues throughout the memorial grounds. Once teams have collected all their clues, it’s time to solve the mystery. It’s a race to the finish, as prizes will be awarded to teams who solve the mystery the fastest.

Swimming Against the Tide in Pin Curls and Crinoline –
Lecture by Susan Campbell

Thursday, September 17, 5:30 pm
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Susan Campbell, author of Tempest-Tossed The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker, discusses the noted abolitionist, suffragette and spiritualist. Youngest of the well-known Beecher family, which included Rev. Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Isabella was one of the most influential players in the movement for women’s suffrage. Campbell, a former Hartford Courant columnist, contributed to the paper’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning coverage of the shootings at Connecticut Lottery headquarters.

Cedar Hill’s Exceptional Women
Saturday, September 19, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Women’s historian Grace Parks Mitchell leads this tour that highlights the extraordinary accomplishments of some of Cedar Hill’s most notable women including Virginia Thrall Smith, Elizabeth Jarvis Colt, Anne Tracy Morgan and Katharine Houghton Hepburn. Hartford’s Victorian era serves as a backdrop to demonstrate the enormity of their contributions to Connecticut and worldwide advancement.

The Artists of Cedar Hill
Saturday, October 3, 10:00 am
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.

Hallowed History Lantern Tour
Friday, October 30, 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.