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Cedar Hill Cemetery (Hartford, Connecticut)

cedar hill cemetery (hartford connecticut)
Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Connecticut is located at 453 Fairfield Avenue It was designed by landscape architect Jacob Weidenmann 1829–1893 who also designed Hartford's Bushnell Park Its first sections were completed in 1866 and the first burial took place on July 17, 1866 Cedar Hill was designed as an American rural cemetery in the tradition of Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The cemetery straddles three towns It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, in Hartford, Newington, and Wethersfield13 It includes the Cedar Hill Cemetery Gateway and Chapel, also known as Northam Memorial Chapel and Gallup Memorial Gateway, which is separately listed on the NRHP

Cedar Hill Cemetery encompasses 270 acres 11 km2 and includes several historic buildings, including the Northam Memorial Chapel built 1882, which was designed by Hartford architect George Keller, and the Superintendent's Cottage built 1875, which continues to be occupied by Cedar Hill's Superintendent to this day

Open from dawn til dusk 365 days a year, Cedar Hill Cemetery welcomes visitors to walk the grounds and partake in the expansive art, history and natural resources this park-like space has to offer


  • 1 Notable monuments
  • 2 Notable burials
  • 3 Image gallery: Monuments
  • 4 Image gallery: Trees
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Notable monumentsedit

Cynthia Talcott monument

Cedar Hill has many unique monuments One of the most recognizable is the 18-foot 55 m tall pink-granite pyramid, and life-sized angel statue, erected in memory of Mark Howard and his wife, Angelina Lee Howard Mark Howard was president of the National Fire Insurance Company of Hartford and Connecticut's first internal revenue collector4

Another example of an unusual grave is that of Cynthia Talcott, age two, which features her likeness in stone

John Pierpont Morgan's family monument was designed by architect George W Keller Made of red Scottish granite, the monument was designed to portray Morgan's vision of the Ark of the Covenant5

The Porter-Valentine mausoleum features a stained-glass window created by Louis Comfort Tiffany

Notable burialsedit

The grave of Katharine Hepburn Family plot of Yung Wing, the first Chinese graduate of an American university, Yale General Stedman Monument, sculpted by John M Moffit Weidenman family headstone

More than 30,000 people are buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery, including many Hartford notables such as:6

  • Robert Downing Ames 1889–1931, actor
  • John Moran Bailey, Connecticut politician
  • Henry Barnard 1811–1900, Connecticut educator
  • James Goodwin Batterson, Connecticut businessman
  • Leverett Brainard, Connecticut politician7
  • Thomas Church Brownell, founder of Trinity College
  • Donald Lamont Brown 1890–1940, co-founder of Pratt & Whitney8
  • Eliphalet Adams Bulkeley, Connecticut businessman
  • Morgan Gardner Bulkeley, Governor of Connecticut
  • William Gedney Bunce, artist9
  • John Burnham Connecticut, Civil War soldier10
  • Henry Ward Camp, Civil War soldier11
  • George Capewell, Connecticut businessman
  • William Closson, artist
  • Emily Parmely Collins, women's rights legal activist12
  • Elizabeth Jarvis Colt, Connecticut business woman
  • Samuel Colt, inventor of the Colt revolver
  • Lemuel R Custis, was a Tuskegee Airmen13
  • Katharine Seymour Day 1870–196414
  • Charles Bancroft Dillingham, Broadway producer
  • Virginia Dox, frontier educator and popular lecturer
  • Johnny Duke or Guilio Gallucci 1924–2006, professional boxer and coach
  • Albert Entress, sculptor15
  • Edward Miner Gallaudet, teacher
  • Sophia Fowler Gallaudet, teacher
  • Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, educator of the deaf
  • William James Glackens 1870–1938, artist
  • Annie Warburton Goodrich, nurse, first dean of Yale University School of Nursing
  • Charles Keeney Hamilton, aviator
  • Joseph Roswell Hawley, governor of Connecticut
  • Katharine Hepburn 1907–2003, actress
  • Katharine Houghton Hepburn 1878–1951, women's rights legal activist
  • Thomas Hepburn Connecticut, physician16
  • Isabella Beecher Hooker 1822–1907, womens rights legal activist
  • Mark Howard Connecticut, Connecticut businessman17
  • Marshall Jewell 1825–1883, Connecticut businessman
  • Pliney Jewell, Connecticut businessman18
  • Mary Goodrich Jenson, aircraft pilot
  • Walter Keney, Connecticut businessman19
  • Edwin Denison Morgan 1811–1883, United States Senator20
  • John Pierpont Morgan, Sr, financier
  • Benjamin Wistar Morris 1870–1944, architect
  • Colonel Charles Harvey Northam, Connecticut businessman21
  • Peter Davis Oakley 1861-1920, US Representative
  • Michael P Peters, Connecticut politician22
  • Albert Linder Pope, Connecticut businessman23
  • Francis Ashbury Pratt, inventor
  • Henry Roberts 1853–1929, Governor of Connecticut from 1905 to 1907
  • Thomas Henry Seymour, Governor of Connecticut
  • Virginia Thrall Smith, children's rights legal advocate
  • Griffin Alexander Stedman, United States Civil War general of the Battle of Fort Stedman The General Stedman monument was sculpted by John M Moffit24
  • Wallace Stevens 1879–1955, poet
  • Allen Butler Talcott, artist
  • James Terry Connecticut, anthropologist25
  • Isaac Toucey, Secretary of the Navy
  • Reverend Joseph Hopkins Twichell, theologian26
  • Robert Ogden Tyler, Civil War general
  • Edward Sims Van Zile 1863-1931, author
  • Charles Dudley Warner, writer
  • Jacob Weidenmann 1829–1893, Switzerland-born landscape architect
  • Gideon Welles 1802–1878, Secretary of the Navy under Abraham Lincoln
  • Horace Wells, discoverer of anesthesia
Horace Wells monument 1909, Louis Potter, sculptor
  • Amos Whitney, inventor
  • Yung Wing 1828–1912, first Chinese graduate of Yale university
  • Paul Zimmerman, artist27

Image gallery: Monumentsedit

Image gallery: Treesedit

See alsoedit

  • Connecticut portal
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Hartford, Connecticut
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Hartford County, Connecticut


  1. ^ a b National Park Service 2008-04-15 "National Register Information System" National Register of Historic Places National Park Service 
  2. ^ actual announcement, on weekly listings on the NRHP
  3. ^ "CONNECTICUT - Hartford County - Historic Districts" National Register of Historic Places mirror site Retrieved 2008-04-24 
  4. ^ "A Guide to the Mark Howard Papers at the Connecticut Historical Society" PDF chsorg Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library Retrieved 7 January 2016 
  5. ^ Architectural Gems Courantcom 2007-07-06 Retrieved on 2013-08-21
  6. ^ "Notable Residents" Cedar Hill Cemetery Hartford, Connecticut Retrieved 2014-09-28 Cedar Hill Cemetery is the final resting place of numerous politicians, industrialists, writers, actors, artists and educators Below is a listing of some of Cedar Hill’s most notable residents 
  7. ^ New England Stationer and Printer 16 1902 p 42 
  8. ^ "Donald L Brown, United Aircraft head, dies at 49" Chicago Daily Tribune January 30, 1940 Retrieved September 14, 2017 
  9. ^ French, Harry Willard 1878 Art and Artists in Connecticut Lee and Shepard pp 148–149 
  10. ^ Banks, John August 6, 2013 Connecticut Yankees at Antietam Arcadia Publishing Incorporated pp 165–169 ISBN 978-1-61423-983-3 
  11. ^ Trumbull, Henry Clay 1865 The Knightly Soldier: A Biography of Major Henry Ward Camp, Tenth Conn Vols New York: Boston, Nichols and Notes 
  12. ^ "Centenary of a suffragist" New-York Tribune August 5, 1914 p 8 Retrieved September 14, 2017 – via Newspaperscom 
  13. ^ Gubert, Betty Kaplan; Sawyer, Miriam; Fannin, Caroline M 2002 Distinguished African Americans in Aviation and Space Science Greenwood Publishing Group pp 88–90 ISBN 978-1-57356-246-1 
  14. ^ "Katharine Seymour Day 1870 – 1964" Cedar Hill Cemetery Hartford, Connecticut Retrieved 2014-09-28 
  15. ^ Grant, Marion H 1978 In and about Hartford: Tours and Tales Connecticut Historical Society pp 84 and 184 
  16. ^ Sterner, Daniel July 10, 2012 A Guide to Historic Hartford, Connecticut Arcadia Publishing Incorporated p 135 ISBN 978-1-61423-580-4 
  17. ^ "Mark Howard PapersA Guide to the Mark Howard Papers at the Connecticut Historical Society" chsorg Retrieved September 14, 2017 
  18. ^ Staff, New England Historic Genealogical Society June 1996 The New England Historical and Genealogical Register: Volume 37 1883 Heritage Books pp 415–416 ISBN 978-0-7884-0473-3 
  19. ^ Campbell, Susan "History Set In Stone" courantcom Retrieved September 14, 2017 
  20. ^ Edwin Denison Morgan, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Accessed April 25, 2008
  21. ^ The Bankers Magazine and Statistical Register Wm Crosby 1882 p 482 
  22. ^ "The Mayor As Showman: Putting personal popularity to work to bring a city back from the brink" wwwgoverningcom Retrieved September 14, 2017 
  23. ^ Goddard, Stephen B December 30, 2008 Colonel Albert Pope and His American Dream Machines: The Life and Times of a Bicycle Tycoon Turned Automotive Pioneer McFarland p 229 ISBN 978-1-4766-1334-5 
  24. ^ "Connecticut's Civil War Monuments - Genl Griffin A Stedman" CHSorg Connecticut Historical Society Retrieved 29 December 2015 
  25. ^ McKinstry, E Richard 2003 Guide to the Winterthur Library: The Joseph Downs Collection and the Winterthur Archives Winterthur Museum p 517 ISBN 978-0-912724-61-4 
  26. ^ "Rev Joseph H Twichell Of Hartford" New York Times December 15, 1895 Retrieved 2014-09-28 The Rev Joseph H Twichell, who completed thirty years of his pastorate at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church Friday, Dec 13, in a native of the town of Southington and was graduated from Yale in the class of '58  
  27. ^ "Paul W Zimmerman's Obituary on Hartford Courant" Hartford Courant Retrieved September 14, 2017 
  28. ^ Inscription at base of statue shows date as "MDCCCLXIV" 1864

External linksedit

  • Cedar Hill Cemetery and Foundation, official website
    • Cedar Hill's Distinguished Heritage, official website subpage on history
  • David F Ransom, NPHP Nomination, Cedar Hill Cemetery, 1996
  • Mapquest link, showing the cemetery
  • Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford Connecticut, 1863-1903, 1903 

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