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

Dreams & Spirit Communications
Wednesday, August 5, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Admission: $15.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: $10.00
Reservations Required – Call 860-956-3311
Elaine Kuzmeskus, nationally recognized Spiritualist medium and author of Dream Zone and The Art of Mediumship, will discuss dream interpretation, psychic events and spirit communication. Following her presentation, she will provide readings for selected members of the audience (chosen by lottery).

Sunset Tour
Thursday, August 13, 6:30 pm – 8:00 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.

Governors of Connecticut
Saturday, August 15, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Join gubernatorial researcher Patrick Haggerty on a tour of state governors interred at Cedar Hill Cemetery. You will be introduced to individuals that have held the state’s highest office and be treated to stories about their lives, times and accomplishments.

Movie Night: Featuring Katharine Hepburn in Pat and Mike
Friday, August 21, 7:30 pm; Rain Date: Saturday, August 22, 7:30 pm
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 and Spencer Tracy in Pat and Mike (1952). Hepburn, a brilliant athlete and Tracy, an unscrupulous sports promoter face mobsters, a jealous boxer and a growing attraction in this romantic comedy.

Hartford Landmarks & Legacy Tour
Saturday, August 29, 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.

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.