In the summer of 1863, Hartford citizens sought to build a new burial ground, one practical as well as in tune with the aesthetic ideals of Victorian-era cemeteries. A group of prominent Hartford citizens met to discuss establishing a new cemetery, including landscaping pioneer Jacob Weidenmann, who had designed Hartford’s Bushnell Park. A location was chosen and Cedar Hill Cemetery was designed as an American "rural" cemetery, an enchanting landscape of woodlands, fields, and ponds, speckled with sculptures and monuments designed by prominent artists and notable architects. Over time, Cedar Hill Cemetery became the final resting place to some of Connecticut’s best-known and celebrated citizens, including actress Katherine Hepburn and poet Wallace Stevens.
Join Mellissa Craig, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, and learn about Cedar Hill's remarkable history and landscape as well as its notable trees and residents.
The program fee is $15, $10 for Museum members and advance registration is required. This program is for adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For registration information, visit http://cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call 860-486-4460
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