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Cemetery Walk planned for Saturday in Mt. Pleasant

| Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The Mt. Pleasant Historical Society will hold its Cemetery Walk on Saturday.

The walk will be conducted in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

“Our walk is going to be similar as in previous years,” said Rick Meason, president of the Mt. Pleasant Historic Society. “It will be a guided walking tour that will talk about the history of the cemetery itself plus various burial practices in the United States.”

In addition to the walk, visitors will be greeted by various “guests” who will tell about their lives and their places in history in the town of Mt. Pleasant.

“We will have six characters that are all former members of the community,” Meason said of the “ghosts“ that will entertain guests in period garb. “They will tell their stories and talk about themselves in relation to the town.”

The walk will be guided by members of the historical society who will discuss other points of interest in addition to famous former residents' grave sites whose stories will not be highlighted on the tour.

“We are going to be talking about the people who have made an impact on our town,” Meason said. “Such as Amos Rumbaugh. He was involved in a little bit of a scandal that turned out quite badly.”

Another of the featured “ghosts” will be Dr. Mary Montgomery Marsh, who was instrumental in the founding of the original Mt. Pleasant Hospital.

“She was an early physician in our town in the late 1800s early 1900s,” Meason said.

In addition to the tour, the event will feature raffles and prizes.

A bake sale will be held and historical society sovereigns will be available for purchase.

“This is an event for all ages,” Meason said. “This is not only for the adults who are natural history buffs but also for younger people to enjoy.”

Meason said there will be membership forms for the historical society available.

“We're looking for members who are interested in helping us with future projects,” Meason said.

All proceeds from Saturday's event will benefit the historical society.

“We hope to see support from the community for our event and for the historical society,” Meason said.

The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Tickets for the tour will be $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12 and children under the age of 5 are admitted free.

The cemetery is located at 140 Braddock Road Ave. in Mt. Pleasant.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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