2008-08-09 / Top News

'Tombstone Tales' Cemetery Tour Set for August 13

Historical interpreters will unearth the stories of nine men and women who shaped Mackinac Island's history at Mackinac State Historic Parks' "Tombstone Tales" cemetery tour at 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 13.

Visitors will meet at the Post Cemetery, where small groups will depart on tours between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., said Katie Cederholm, education curator for Mackinac State Historic Parks. The tour will last approximately one hour.

Costumed interpreters, including a French voyageur, a Fort Mackinac soldier, and an Irish servant girl, will share stories and historical facts from all eras of Island history. Each character will be stationed at a notable tombstone that goes along with their story, and other park interpreters, acting as guides, will lead visitors on a tour of Ste. Anne's, Mackinac Island, and Post cemeteries.

The tour, Ms. Cederholm said, is an opportunity for people to see the more personal side of history.

"Cemeteries are portrayed as spooky, but this tour really brings the depth of the people who made this Island, the people who were here long ago," she said. "We talk about the early French settlers, as well as Native Americans and some of the more recent influential people, too. It's a chance to see all sides of history."

Tickets may be purchased at the cemetery or at the visitors center during the day August 13. The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children, or a family package, $30, is available for two adults with dependent children. Ages four and younger are admitted free.

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