The South West neighborhood — bordered by the South End, Behind the Rocks, and Barry Square neighborhoods, along with the towns of Wethersfield and West Hartford — is possibly the easiest to get lost in, between the maze of streets that more closely resemble a suburban tract housing development and the sprawling Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Here, one can go for blocks without spying a bodega.
Maybe not blocks.
One may just be driving in circles, unable to escape the streets that all seem to be named after colleges.
Cedar Hill Cemetery, though equipped with labeled sections, proves equally confusing. If you parked near “the pond,” ten minutes of walking around will have you forgetting which pond.
Cedar Hill Cemetery hosts events like tree plantings, lantern tours, and bird tours. Visitors are encouraged to use this graveyard for “quiet recreational activities.” Trying to find Katharine Hepburn’s modest monument could be an all-day quiet recreational activity.
Adjacent to the cemetery is a fancy playground with water features.
Cedar Hill Cemetery is frequented by deer, who leave plenty of evidence of their visits. We have heard that coyote drop by at night, which happens to be when the cemetery is closed, except for on special occasions.
With fewer abandoned buildings, concrete barriers, and such, this neighborhood has less graffiti that others, but it does pop up around the playground.
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