The Daniel Russell Monument is the only memorial at Cedar Hill featuring a life-size likeness of an actual person. The monument features a statue, in a sitting posture, of Daniel Russell. Frederick Russell erected the monument in memory of his father.
Made of brownstone, it is assumed the stone came from the family-owned quarry in Portland, Connecticut. Daniel Russell owned the Portland Brownstone Quarry, which he inherited from his father Timothy.
Cutting stone in Portland began in the 17th century with commercial quarrying being established in the 18th century. The Portland quarries, which supplied a superior quality stone, were an important source for construction in the second half of the 19th century. Portland stone was used in landmark buildings, mansions, and middle class homes in major U. S. cities.
Sherrow, Doris. “Portland Country Market.” (October 1999).
Russell Monument, Photo by Jeffrey Dutton