15 December 2003
Hillside Cemetery, Torrington
Location: From the center of Torrington, take Rt 202/ Litchfield St. east towards Litchfield. The road splits. Bear left on Rt 202/ New Litchfield St. Make a left on Walnut St. At the end of the road, you can find the gate to Hillside Cemetery.
Google Maps Visuals: satellite view
Type of Site: Public cemetery, still in use
Condition: Very well maintained, nicely landscaped and artfully laid out
History and Notable Features: Hillside Cemetery was created as a garden-style cemetery. Most of the prominent Torrington figures of the post-1900s, such as the Hotchkiss-Fyler Family and Major Besse, are buried here. The stones are not piled on top of each other as they are in so many other local cemeteries. If you were looking for a great picnicking place, this would make a delightful scene -- provided you pick up after yourself!