The Cheney Cemetery is owned by the Cheney Cemetery Association, incorporated in 1914 for descendants of George and Electa Woodbridge Cheney of Manchester, Connecticut.

Their sons established Cheney Brothers, a silk manufacturing business, which flourished in Manchester from its founding in 1838 until 1954. This prominent and innovative family was responsible for much of the physical and economic development of the town of Manchester. The Cheney Cemetery Association maintains the Cheney family burial grounds, sponsors genealogical and family history studies and furthers the family’s philanthropic interests in Manchester and Hartford.

The cemetery is set in a large oval meadow surrounded by magnificent trees. The design follows the popular 19th century rural garden cemetery style: the final resting place set in a park-like place of natural beauty. 207 members of the Cheney family are interred here.