Development Blog September: Twilight Cemetery Tours
Jennifer VanHoorebeck, Development Coordinator
Visitors who stroll around our 100-acre grounds are often intrigued by the variety of gravestones, the oldest of which dates back to 1767. In fact, Historic St. Luke’s has been the site of burials since the 1600’s, with unmarked graves being uncovered during restoration work and more recently with ground penetrating radar.
Preservation of our cemetery, and its historic markers, is currently a key issue. Many of our stones are now illegible and need cleaning desperately. To highlight some of our more interesting interred residents – and raise money to preserve their markers – Historic St. Luke’s will offer family-friendly guided twilight tours around our cemetery on Oct. 14 and 21.
Tours will leave every 15 minutes beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the last tour at 8 p.m. The price is $10 per person and includes light refreshments after the experience. Participants are asked to wear closed-toe shoes and bring a flashlight.
And if you are interested in helping us preserve the gravestones, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources is offering a Cemetery Preservation Workshop on Oct. 1 in Gloucester. The cost is $60 and training is necessary to work on gravestones. Contact Jennifer VanHoorebeck at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to receive a registration form.
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