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


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

Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N. A., Trustee

for their support of the Foundation’s educational mission.