In the early to mid 1800s there was a trend of creating park-like cemeteries which included beautiful landscaping, inspiring monuments and wide open roads for walking and pondering. We are lucky to live within driving distance of several of these incredible spaces, but my all time favorite is in Hartford, CT -- Cedar Hill Cemetery.
I know, I know...hanging out in a cemetery is not everyone's idea of a pleasant afternoon. But for those who enjoy the peaceful surroundings only a spot like this can offer, you'll find the drive down to Hartford worth the miles. Cedar Hill includes 270 acres of gently rolling hills and beautiful sculptures and memorials. It's such a beautiful place to get some fresh air, exercise and get away from all the drama of the world.
Walking around Cedar Hill is like experiencing a Who's Who of Connecticut History. Memorials for notable politicians, business magnates, civil leaders, inventors, religious leaders, and actors who helped shape the state and the country can all be found here.
Isabella Beecher Hooker (suffragist)
Samuel Colt (inventor of the Colt revolver)
Katharine Hepburn (actress)
JP Morgan (financier)
Henry Barnard (educator)
Francis Ashbury Pratt (inventor & co-founder of Pratt & Whitney)
Gilbert Heublein (family known for bringing A-1 Steak Sauce to America)
Even though the property is deemed as belonging to Hartford, most of the acreage is actually in Wethersfield and Newington. That fact does not make it any less surprising though when you stumble upon a flock of geese or a few majestic deer while visiting Cedar Hill.
Although right now any special events are on hold, when we're not under a global pandemic, there are many fascinating programs that are open to the public here. In years past we have attended a healing ceremony on the winter solstice, competed in a scavenger hunt, and attended "ghost" tours while learning about the lives of those interred here. Any event that takes place is a history nerd's delight. You can find out more by following the Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation.
Set the GPS for 453 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford, CT. The property is open to the public from 7 a.m. to dusk daily. No dogs allowed. #newenglandlife #getoutside #explore