Tours and Events 2020

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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 9, 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 20, 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.

Civil War POWs
Saturday, May 30, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
More than 175 Civil War soldiers, some of whom endured horrific conditions as prisoners of war, are buried at Cedar Hill. Evelyn Bollert leads visitors on a tour of the final resting places of prisoners of the Civil War and tells their stories of bravery, resilience and heartbreak. The walking tour begins on Section 2 near Inwood Pond. Follow the signs once you enter the cemetery.

 JUNE

Tree Walk – Connecticut Trails Day
Saturday, June 6, 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.

When Disaster Strikes
Thursday, June 11, 6:30 pm 
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Learn about local and national disasters through the eyes of Cedar Hill residents on this walking tour of the historic cemetery. 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 tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, June 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.

Barnstormers & Aviators
Tuesday, June 23, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Members 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. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Butterfly Hunt
Saturday, June 27, 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. Meet at the far end of the entrance drive, just before the flagpole.

JULY

Stories in Stone
Thursday, July 9, 6:30 pm
Admission: $5.00; 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. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Mark Twain’s Companions & Cohorts
Saturday, July 11, 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. The tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, July 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.

Sam & Elizabeth’s World – The Colts at Cedar Hill
Saturday, July 18, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; 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. The walk begins at the Colt Monument in Section 2. Follow the signs once you enter the cemetery.

Music Among the Memorials
Friday, July 24, 6:00 pm (Rain Date: Saturday, July 25, 6:00 pm)

Free for All
Cedar Hill’s 270 acres of historic architecture, unique memorial artworks, and picturesque trees and shrubs make a beautiful backdrop for an outdoor summer concert. Enjoy an evening of Classic Rock, R & B, Soul, Funk, and Country with the popular 10-piece band, Still Kickin’ & the Big City Horns. Bring blankets, chairs, and picnic dinners for a night to remember. The concert will be held on the sprawling lawn between the Garden and Cedar Mausoleums.

A Monumental Man: The Art of James Batterson
Tuesday, July 28, 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. Monuments attributed to his prolific company are scattered throughout the cemetery. Foundation Director Beverly Lucas highlights some of Batterson’s most extraordinary work including the Colt, Heublein, and Keney memorials on this walking tour. The tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

AUGUST

Sunset Notables Tour
Thursday, August 13, 6:30 pm
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Discover the history and beauty of Cedar Hill on this tour showcasing some of its most celebrated residents and renowned monuments. Stops include General Griffin Stedman, Gilbert Heublein, John Pierpont Morgan, and Katharine Hepburn. Participants will enjoy watching the sun set over Cedar Mountain during the walk. The tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

The Streets of Hartford
Saturday, August 15, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Cedar Hill & Hartford Preservation Alliance Members Free
Ever wondered how Hartford streets got their names? Mary Falvey, Director of Hartford Preservation Alliance, leads this tour highlighting Cedar Hill  residents whose names grace the capitol city streets. From Brainard Road to Jewell Street and Fairfield Avenue, learn about the people who have been immortalized on the streets of Hartford. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, August 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.

Movie Night: State of the Union   
Thursday, August 20, 7:30 pm (Rain Date: Friday, August 21, 7:30 pm)
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
When an aircraft tycoon is encouraged to run for President, he soon learns it requires difficult political and marital compromises. A movie about marriage, politics, and the pursuit of the American dream. Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, and Angela Lansbury star in this 1948 film directed by Frank Capra. Bring a blanket or chair and your favorite candy for a movie under the stars. The movie will be shown on an outdoor screen on the sprawling lawn between the Garden and Cedar Mausoleums.

Angels Among Us
Tuesday, August 25, 10:00 am
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 the historic cemetery. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Foraging Walk
Saturday, August 29, 10:00 am
Admission: $10.00; Cedar Hill & CT Horticultural Society Members $5.00
Reservations Required – Call 860-956-3311
Join The 3 Foragers as they search for edible plants and fungi found during the late summer. Learn how to identify, sustainably harvest, and prepare the wild foods on this educational walk through Cedar Hill’s ornamental foreground. Reservations required. Call (860) 956-3311 to register.

SEPTEMBER

Mystery Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 12, 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 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.

Stargazing
Thursday, September 24, 7:30 pm
Free for All
Explore the night sky at Cedar Hill with the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford. Learn about telescopes and astronomy while viewing prominent objects such as the moon, globular clusters, planets, nebula, or galaxies. Reservations suggested. Email blucas@cedarhillcemetery.org or call (860) 956-3311 to register.

Remarkable Women
Saturday, September 26, 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. Debbie Alter introduces you to Virginia Thrall Smith, Isabella Beecher Hooker, Anne Tracy Morgan and more. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

OCTOBER

Eternal Homes of Cedar Hill
Saturday, October 3, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; Members Free
Twelve private mausoleums dating before 1945 grace the grounds of Cedar Hill. Learn about the architecture and owners of these magnificent structures on this tour of the cemetery. The walking tour begins at the flagpole at the end of the entrance drive.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, October 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.

Autumn Tree Tour
Saturday, October 24, 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 the remarkable collection including maples, cherries, beeches, pines, cedars and more. Meet near the bridge along the entrance drive.

Hallowed History Lantern Tour
Friday, October 30, 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.

 

 

 

 

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