A message from Sally D'Aquila, President, Friends of Indian Hill Cemetery, Inc.
Indian Hill Cemetery was founded in 1850 as a garden cemetery, a term that was used to designate also a public space. The Mount Auburn Cemetery in Massachusetts was the first to use this designation. Although Indian Hill Cemetery continues as an active cemetery, the board would like to return to that original plan, encouraging the people of Middletown to enjoy and appreciate the space while still keeping it private. With the expansion of the city's business center up Washington Street to Newfield Street, Indian Hill becomes even more important as a large and safe natural environment of beauty; open to everyone. Visitors can come here to relax, walk, enjoy the great variety of trees, watch the birds, paint and photograph.
We are introducing a new way to honor or memorialize a loved one and enhance the cemetery grounds by planting a tree or a rose bush, or by installing a bench to add to our landscape. We are encouraging the planting of more flowering trees which fit very nicely in the environment and benefit bees and birds. We also need to replace some trees that we have lost. The superintendent's office is providing a list of suitable trees and roses that may be used. An appropriate style for a bench can also be viewed. Please contact the Superintendent's office at 860-346-0452 for detailed information. Monetary contributions to the upkeep of the grounds are of course always welcome.
Sally McGee D'Aquila,
At the dedication of Indian Hill Cemetery on September 30, 1850, introductory remarks by Austin Baldwin, Esq. noted " the subject of a Public Cemetery for Middletown and its vicinity has been one which has for a long time anxiously occupied the minds of a portion of our fellow citizens.......I trust it is unnecessary for me here to say, why this place has been selected; it speaks too strongly in its own behalf". He continues his comments about the beauty of Indian Hill "commanding from its summit, a view of varied scenery, scarcely equaled in New England; will, in the course of time, become one of the most interesting, beautiful, and imposing Cemeteries in the Union".