Former first selectman and Wilton historian Bob Russell will lead a walking tour of Hillside Cemetery on Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m. He will give a brief history of Hillside and discuss some of the notable people buried there.
The present cemetery originated as a combination of two private cemeteries. The first was Joe’s Hill Cemetery, named for landowner Jonathan Middlebrook. The second was Betts Cemetery, owned by a relative of Virginia Middlebrook Wilkinson, and located to the south of Joe’s Hill Cemetery. Both were transferred to the Congregational Society in 1818 and 1918 respectively, thereby forming the present Hillside Cemetery.