Friday, May 15, 2015

Indian Hill Cemetery Tree Walk Sunday

From Rochelle Hughes.
Put your walking shoes on and join tree experts, John Kehoe and Lucy Meigs as they lead a tree walk through Indian Hill Cemetery in Middletown. This interesting and informative event will take place on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM. (Rain date, May 31, 2015)

The one mile walking tour will be a celebration of a large variety of beautiful, old trees. The two hour walk will focus on 15 to 20 tree species of the over 30 species in Indian Hill Cemetery.  Indian Hill has some of the largest and most interesting trees in the Middletown area.  It is a wonderful place to return for a quiet, contemplative walk to enjoy the trees and the stunning view from one of the highest points in Middletown.

The landscape of the cemetery and its surroundings will be a beautiful setting for a wonderful afternoon overlooking the majestic Connecticut River Valley, including the Arrigoni Bridge and much of Middletown.  The cemetery, part of the America Beautiful movement, was established in 1850 and spans more than forty three acres.  The concept of the America Beautiful movement was to create cemeteries as park like settings.

Included in the walk will be information about the restoration of the Russell Chapel, built in 1867. The walk is open to the public and is free of charge. Refreshments will be available. Indian Hill Cemetery is located at 383 Washington St, Middletown, CT. Please visit our website for more information and directions.

The tree walk is partially funded by a grant from the Rockfall Foundation. The Rockfall Foundation supports environmental education, conservation and planning initiatives in Middlesex County and the region through the operation of the deKoven House Community Center and distributes grants for environmental organizations.  Its mission is to be a catalyst, bringing people together and supporting organizations to conserve and enhance our communities’ natural environment.

The Indian Hill Cemetery Association and its Board of Trustees is grateful to the Rockfall Foundation for their generous contribution to our commitment to the preservation and education of our historic and unique trees and our continuing enhancement of Indian Hill Cemetery.

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