What do the Wright brothers, the California gold rush and a case of mistaken identity all have in common? They are all part of the stories that will be told at the upcoming Fenton History Center's Saints & Sinners Lake View Cemetery tours. The annual Fenton History Center cemetery tours will take place Saturdays, Oct. 5 and 12, from 3-9 p.m. Both walking tours and horse-drawn carriage tours are available.
The stories of a wide variety of former area residents will be told by costumed actors and trained guides over the course of the hour-long tour. Professional musicians, soldiers and athletes are among those who will be featured. The tours are open to all ages and take about one hour. The tours take place at the Lake View Cemetery at the corner of Buffalo Street and Lakeview Avenue.
The walking tours on Saturday are from 6-9 p.m. this week and Oct. 12 from 3-6 p.m. The cost is $10 pre-sale and $12 at the gate for adults. Children up to age 18 are $2. Fenton members are $5.
The Fenton History Center’s Saints & Sinners Lake View Cemetery tours have been well attended in previous years.
The horse-drawn carriage tours are offered from 3-5 p.m. this Saturday and 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 12. All seats are $15 regardless of age. Seating is limited; reservations are required.
The tours will uncover some of the more than 43,000 personal stories at Jamestown's Lake View Cemetery.
"This has been a good way for the Fenton History Center education department to showcase our very interesting local history. It's great for families. This tour has been very well attended in the past, and I expect to sell out this year too. This is our largest fundraiser for the year," said Joni Blackman, Fenton History Center director.
This year the tours are being offered each half-hour with 12 people per tour group. Refreshments will be available to purchase during the tours. Sponsors are Rhoe B. Henderson Insurance Co., Clark Patterson Lee Design Professionals and Forbici Hair Design.
Guests are asked to wear comfortable shoes, to bring a flashlight if their tour is after dark and to be ready to learn some interesting information about Jamestown and Lake View Cemetery. The Fenton History Center is located on Washington Street at the corner of South Main Street and Prospect Street. For more information, visit www.fentonhistorycenter.org.