The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Meet pioneers of Pope County at Golconda cemetery walk

  • The Golconda City Cemetery is hosting its annual Cemetery Walk Oct. 13.
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  • The Golconda City Cemetery is hosting its annual Cemetery Walk Oct. 13.
    Tours begin at 3 p.m. every 15 minutes until 4:30 p.m., according to a release from the City of Golconda.
    Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 through 12. Proceeds go to cemetery maintenance.
    The door prize will be a DVD of the 2011 Cemetery Walk.
    Refreshments will be in the form of an old-fashioned box social. According to City Clerk Viola Thompson the box supper tradition involved women decorating lunch boxes that contained meals and men buying the boxes. The woman who decorated her box was to sit and eat the meal it contained with the man who bought it. But for the cemetery tour, the boxes will have cookies in them and are provided free of charge to the guests.
    The cemetery was donated to Golconda in 1822 by Dr. William Sims who purchased the property for a burying ground. The earliest grave known is 1830 and the last burial was in 1986.
    This year visitors will meet Naomi Moore Lowth Sim who came here with her family in 1818, Henry D. Baker who came to Pope County as a young teen and George Washington Moyers who was born, lived and died in Pope County. Re-enactors will portray three other people who were important to the community in period costumes of the fashions of that era.
    Michael J. McNerney, Carbondale archaeologist and historian who co-authored the book "Early Pioneer Gravestones of Pope County, Illinois" will speak on various early tombstones in the cemetery.
    Guests are encouraged to bring an umbrella in case of rain.
    For more information you may call (618) 683-3341.
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