Following are excerpts from an article in the Hartford Courant dated July 7,1851:
“Where is Zion’s Hill?” A ride from the State House to the South Park, in the Main Street Omnibus, if you please, and a pleasant walk of three-fourths of a mile, west on Park street to the “Babcock Farm,” where a road leads to tho south, down which you pass a few rods, and the journey is complete. ... I was exceedingly surprised that I had not before noticed the elevation of this spot, which is some 200 feet above the level of the Connecticut river, affording a delightful view for miles around. It is in fact the northern terminus of Rocky Hill, though entirely free from stone. ... The eye turns at once to the valley of the river, little expecting the view to the west that awaits your gaze. In that direction, we see Talcott Mountain looming up in all its freshness, crowned with the tower of our own lamented Wadsworth. Midway we behold the quiet village of West Hartford, with its modest spire peeping above the luxuriant foliage, while stretching away to the south, we see the grim visage of Mount Lamentation. Far to the north-east we see the broken and romantic range in Stafford, which becomes more uniform as the eye follows it many miles southward. Upon the bosom of our quiet Connecticut, we see anon through the trees, a passing sail, and the city ,itself, which never appeared more beautiful, lies directly before us. ... The Cemetery may he extended southward, beyond its present limits, as occasion shall demand, almost indefinitely.
The above was written some twenty years before Washington College (now Trinity College) relocated to land south of the cemetery. Today, the southern edge of Zion Hill is bounded by Allen Place. It still affords a commanding view of downtown Hartford, but the grandness of the cemetery as described later in the article by its author, comparing "Zion's Hill" with Mount Auburn, outside of Boston and stating, "I think destined to become one of the most beautiful in New England," would not come to pass.
Of those buried at Zion Hill is Beatrice Fox Auerbach, who became president of the multi-storied family department store G. Fox & Company in 1938 upon her father's death and directed its operations until she sold it to the May Company in 1965.
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