Tickets Still Available For Cemetery “Ghost” Tour

LIBERTY, October 14, 2013 - Tickets are still available for “Whispers From the Past…..Tales and Tours from the Liberty City Cemetery” on Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th at 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. and sponsored by The Liberty County Historical Commission.  Tickets are available for a donation of $10.00 each to benefit the commission’s projects in historic preservation in Liberty County and can be reserved by calling ticket chair, Sandra Sterling at 936-336-3716 or emailing: sandrasterling35@gmail.com .  All tickets are reserved in advance; no tickets will be available on the days of the tours.

The historic Liberty City Cemetery was established in 1848, eleven years after Liberty was incorporated.  The town’s trustees appointed a committee to select a suitable location for a community burial ground.  Subsequently, this four-acre tract of land was chosen as the City Cemetery.  Local leaders made no provisions for selling burial plots, so families were allowed to select the sites of their choice, often marking them with cypress or iron pickets.  Although the graveyard contains numerous unmarked graves, the earliest known burial, that of four-year-old Caroline A. Lund, took place in August 1850.  Many pioneer citizens of Liberty are buried here, as are a number of war veterans, heroes of San Jacinto, signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, statesmen and prominent citizens of their day.  By 1946, crowded conditions in this graveyard necessitated the opening of a new cemetery southeast of town.  Although still in use, burials at this site now are limited to the families of persons already interred here.  The gravesites are maintained by the Liberty City Cemetery Association.

Pioneer citizens will return to tell their stories during the tours.  There will be approximately eight (8) gravesites on the tour with ten (10) reenactments and portrayals.  Neal Thornton as Thomas Blake Smith; Eric and Glenda Sandifer as Frank and Cynthia Hardin; Don Smart and Darlene Mott as Capt. William B. Duncan and wife, Celima; Alana Inman as “Little Miss Rose” the Runaway Scrape child; Deborah Pickett as Kate Butler Nolan; Kevin Ladd as James Madison Hall; Cody Abshier as Ephraim Jess Crain and Bob Scherer as Col. E. B. Pickett.  All reenactors will be in period correct attire and have wonderful and colorful stories to tell about our early citizens!  Reserve your ticket today and be a part of this glimpse back in history! 

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