Tours and Events

Twain Tour webCedar Hill Cemetery Foundation invites you to discover the art, beauty, history and culture of Cedar Hill Cemetery’s park-like grounds by attending an upcoming tour or event. See Calendar of Events below. Most tours begin at the flagpole located at the end of the entrance drive unless otherwise noted.

 

2017 Tours & Events

JUNE

Tree Walk – Connecticut Trails Day
Saturday, June 3, 10:00 am
Free for All
John Kehoe leads this walk featuring Cedar Hill Cemetery’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.

My Dearest Beloved Darling: Civil War Letters
Thursday, June 8, at 6:30 pm
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Surviving correspondence from the “War of Rebellion” offers a glimpse into the lives of those who experienced it. Hartford Civil War researcher Mary Falvey shares stories of fear and concern and love and valor found in the war letters of Cedar Hill residents.

Arts & Letters Tour
Saturday, June 10, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Meet Cedar Hill Cemetery’s creative residents including our most distinguished artists, actors and authors. Debbie Alter introduces 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.

Butterfly Hunt
Saturday, June 17, 10:00 am
Free for All
Hunt for butterflies with Roy Zartarian and the Connecticut Butterfly Association. Cedar Hill Cemetery supports a significant butterfly population, with nearly 20 species spotted here, including the elusive Hackberry Emperor. Connecticut Butterfly Association volunteers will help find and net butterflies for viewing. Appropriate hiking shoes, long pants and bug repellent are recommended.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, June 21, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts 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.

JULY

Mark Twain’s Civil War
Saturday, July 8, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF, Let’s Go Arts and Mark Twain House & Museum Members: Free
While Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, is laid to rest in Elmira, New York, his legacy remains alive and well in Hartford. Join Steve Courtney of the Mark Twain House as he explores the Civil War through the eyes of the famous author, tells the story of his own brief, but complicated, wartime experience, and tours the resting places of Twain’s friends and acquaintances who played significant roles in the war.

Angels Among Us
Thursday, July 13, 6:30 pm
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Get to know the angels and allegorical figures that grace the landscape of Cedar Hill Cemetery. 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.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, July 19, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts 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.

Sam & Elizabeth’s World – The Colts at Cedar Hill
Saturday, July 22, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Elizabeth Colt erected the first major monument at Cedar Hill, one of her many efforts to commemorate her husband Samuel’s legacy in Connecticut’s capital city. Foundation Director Beverly Lucas will introduce you to Colt family members now residing at Cedar Hill as well as friends and associates of this influential couple. The tour will begin at the Colt Monument on Section 2 – follow the signs once you enter the cemetery.

Church of Good Shepherd Tour
Saturday, July 22, 1:00 pm
Admission: $5.00
Senior warden Jack Hale will discuss Elizabeth Colt’s elaborate tributes to Sam, their children, numerous family members and civic leaders on this tour of the Church of the Good Shepherd & Caldwell Hart Colt Memorial Parish House. The church campus is located at 155 Wyllys Street. Free parking on site.

Music Among the Memorials
Friday, July 28, 6:00 pm  (Rain Date: Saturday, July 29, 6:00 pm)

Free for All
Enjoy an evening of music at Cedar Hill Cemetery with the New Haven-based bluegrass band Five in the Chamber. Voted Fan Favorite at the 2016 Podunk Bluegrass Festival, the band’s tight arrangements and unique harmony vocals bring a fresh interpretation to the bluegrass songbook. Bring blankets, chairs and picnic dinners for an evening to remember. The concert is held on the sprawling lawn between the community mausoleums – follow signs once you enter the cemetery.

Civil War POWs
Saturday, July 29, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
More than 175 Civil War soldiers, some of whom endured horrific conditions as prisoners of war, are buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery. 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.

AUGUST

Sunset Notables Tour
Thursday, August 10, 6:30 pm
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Discover the history and beauty of Cedar Hill Cemetery 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.

Stories in Stone
Saturday, August 12, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts 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.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, August 16, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts 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.

Movie Night: Featuring Katharine Hepburn in Stage Door
Thursday, August 24, 7:30 pm (Rain Date: Friday, August 25, 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. In Stage Door (1937), Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers star as aspiring actresses who live in a rooming house filled with theatrical hopefuls. Get caught up in their ambitions, dreams and disappointments as they all try to make it on Broadway. The movie is held on the sprawling lawn between the community mausoleums – follow signs once you enter the cemetery.

Mushroom Walk
Saturday, August 26, 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 Cemetery. 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.

SEPTEMBER

Mystery Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Admission: $5.00 per person
Reservations Required – Call 860-956-3311
Explore Cedar Hill Cemetery 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 20, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts 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 Prosecution Rests
Saturday, September 30, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
From the assassination of President Garfield to the crimes that inspired the movie Arsenic and Old Lace, Patrick Haggerty shares intriguing stories of sensational trials, tragic crimes and even one unsolved mystery, all of which gripped the imagination of Connecticut residents.

OCTOBER
 
Cedar Hill’s Exceptional Women
Saturday, October 14, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts Members: Free
Grace Parks Mitchell leads this tour emphasizing the extraordinary accomplishments of some of Cedar Hill Cemetery’s most distinguished 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.

Discover Cedar Hill – Highlight Tour
Wednesday, October 18, 10:00 am
Admission: $5.00; CHCF & Let’s Go Arts 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.

Hallowed History Lantern Tour
Friday, October 27, 6:00 pm – 9:30 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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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.

 

 

 

 

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