You might not even know that the cemetery exists... unless you're a Bloomfield "old-timer" history buff, or... for a few..., relative
of one or more of the inhabitants there.
Although Latimer Hill Cemetery is a small, relatively unknown, burying ground, it has an interesting and historical story to tell.
Soldiers from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War and World War I lie there.
Infants and children were lovingly placed there as early as 1776 and as recently as 1967. Men and women who lived and died before us, live on to eternity there. Whether we acknowledge it or not, their stories are important. We are connected to our past.
Latimer Hill Cemetery is an important piece of the history of this area.
The people who lie in it were among the original settlers and organizers of the town of Bloomfield. They were ones who lived and loved, struggled and survived, leaving their land to their descendants. They had the wisdom to establish churches and schools, the knowledge to promote and obtain a working government, the pioneering spirit to constantly stride for better and the courage to demand and defend their freedoms.
We’ll never uncover all the history that surrounds the people lying in this cemetery, nor will we know, exactly, what feelings and actions prompted the burying ground to
become Latimer Hill Cemetery. There are mysteries and legends, memories and scant records, old stones and monuments to explore, enjoy and gain a little insight into the past.
Each stone and monument in the cemetery has been photographed and the inscriptions recorded as best as can be read.
The minutes and records of the Latimer Hill Cemetery Association have been read, ancient histories of Windsor and Wethersfield have been researched, genealogies and old maps from Windsor Historical Society have been obtained, land records kept in the Windsor Town Hall have been searched, and Bloomfield histories have been read to obtain information for this account.
Knowing much information about the lives of the people have been missed, we are still impressed by the hardships they endured and overcame, the courage and determination
they possessed, the patriotic fervor of the times. And the constant pushing forward toward new frontiers.
We appreciate our founding fathers so much more by learning just a bit about their personal history.
This cemetery, though now considered “dead, with no more burying lots available, has so much living buried within its fence.
Coming soon, more photos...