County Historical Commission Announces Fall Cemetery Tour

LIBERTY, September 13, 2013 - The Liberty County Historical Commission will sponsor a cemetery tour in the historic Liberty City Cemetery on October 26th and 27th.  “Whispers from the Past….Tales and Tours in the Liberty City Cemetery” will be the first fundraising event sponsored by the commission this year.  Four (4) tours will be offered on the two days, 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday before Halloween.  Tickets will be available and reserved in advance for a donation of $10.00 per person. 

Many of the earliest settlers in this area of Liberty County are buried in the historic Liberty Cemetery.  Their spirits will rise from the grave on consecutive afternoons and entertain participants with colorful and factual histories of families that lived in this area.  Stories of shootings, fast escapes, romance and the difficulties faced by these men and women will be reenacted by some of the areas’ best thespians in period accurate dress.  Colorful characters such as Franklin Hardin, signor of the Texas Declaration of Independence and wife Cynthia O’Brien Hardin, builders and inhabitants of the famous “Seven Pines” where the cultural center and library now stand; early settlers William B. Duncan and wife, Celima Duncan will tell of their struggle and love affair.  Other “ghosts” being portrayed will be Thomas Blake Smith, the Runaway Scrape girl, Col. Edward Pickett, Ephraim Jesse Crain, Thomas Madison Hall and Kate B. Nolan. 

This will be the first of many historic cemetery tours in Liberty County which will be sponsored by the Liberty County Historical Commission in an effort to share history contained in these wonderful repositories of early Texas history.  You will not want to miss this entertaining event!  For information please contact Linda Jamison, County Chair for the Commission at 936-258-9141 or for tickets, contact Sandra Sterling at 936-336-3716 or email:  Tickets are LIMITED AND RESERVED IN ADVANCE and will not be available on the tour days.  The Liberty City Cemetery is located at 800 Bowie Street near the intersection of Bowie and Grand Avenue; the staging area for the tours will be in the LISD football parking lot across the street from the cemetery.


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