New Britain hosting free historical walking tour of Fairview Cemetery

Published on Thursday, 29 July 2021 14:31
Written by Catherine Shen


NEW BRITAIN – Marking the city’s 150th birthday, the Fairview Cemetery Commission is hosting a historical walking tour to highlight some of the notable people who contributed to the city’s development.

“A Walk Through Time; Remembering Those Who Built New Britain” is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 7. There will be two tour times, one at 9 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. The half-mile long walking tour will go through Fairview Cemetery’s oldest portions and shepherded by Cemetery Administrator Mike Pastore, who will provide information on the notable lives, contributions, lasting impacts, and other features of the cemetery along the route.

Each tour will be approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Space is limited to 20 people per tour and pre-registration is required. The tour’s admission is free of charge. For more information or to register, call Fairview Cemetery at 860-826-3495.

“Many of us remember the success of Timeless Tales here at Fairview Cemetery,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. “This event is another great way to relive our past and learn about the great New Britain natives whose souls are buried here forever.”

This is a one-off event that will be a part of the city’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

Fairview is one of the area’s oldest and most historic cemeteries, with the first burial occurring in 1756, according to the city. Predating the city itself by more than a century, it is the resting place of many local luminaries.

Those highlighted will include, Frederick T. Stanley, founder of Stanley Works, now Stanley Black and Decker, and New Britain’s first Mayor; Reverend John Smalley, inaugural pastor of the newly formed perish in 1754; John and Magdalene Klingberg, founders of the Klingberg Children’s Home, now Klingberg Family Centers,; Philanthropist, Grace Judd Landers; Industrialist and philanthropist, Cornelius B. Erwin; Elise Traut, who started the tradition of New Britain’s community Christmas tree in Central Park; Industrialist, Philip Corbin; Dry Goods merchant and philanthropist, Darius Miller; the renowned scholar, Elihu Burritt; and publisher Robert J. Vance.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 29 July 2021 14:31. Updated: Thursday, 29 July 2021 14:33.