The 7th Historical Society of the Town of Middletown Living History Cemetery Tour, has been set for Saturday, June 22 (rain date June 23), at Margaretville Cemetery, on Cemetery Road, just off Route 30 (upper Main Street) in the Village of Margaretville, Delaware County, NY.
Tour-goers will meet 10 people from the past on one-hour guided tours that depart from the parking lot every 20 minutes starting at 4 pm. There are seven tour times available; reservations are required and can be made by calling (845) 586-4736. Admission is $20; children under 15 get in free.
The cast of local players, directed by Frank Canavan and Joyce St. George, includes Agnes Laub as nurse-historian Ethel Bussy Coulter; Kelly Keck and Dave Turan as First World War vets Bruno Metzner and Marcus Korn; Ann Saxon Hersh as Margaret Hallock Newton, proprietor of the Pakatakan Lodge; John Bernhardt as banker and school board chairman James Henry Hitt.
Also, Melissa Day as Eleanor Sands Marvin, the granddaughter of Margaretville power couple George G. and Catherine Moore Decker; Jim Rauter and Gretchen Walker as Dr. James and Harriet Allaben; Amy Taylor as farm wife and mother Abigail Clum, and Burr Hubbell as John Dickson, Jr., a timber raftsman on the East Branch who served in the War of 1812.
Docents Barb Atkin, Tina Greene and Eli Taylor will lead tour groups to meet these characters. Other people from the past will be spotted strolling, playing and picnicking in the cemetery.
More information on this event and other programs planned by the Historical Society is available online; or by calling (845) 586-4973.
Photo of Margaretville Cemetery provided by Historical Society of the Town of Middletown.
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