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Springfield, Voices from the Grave Cemetery Tour

October 15, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

The Springfield Preservation Trust will host its “Voices from the Grave” tour at the Springfield Cemetery, on October 15th, with five (5) tour times starting at 1:00pm.

Attendees will learn about important figures in Springfield history on the tour, which winds through the Cemetery’s pathways and features. The hour-long experience through Springfield Cemetery is led by docents who take visitors on a tour to graves of interesting cemetery residents, where costumed interpreters speak about each person of intrigue. 

The tour was developed by Trust Secretary Michael Stevens, who continues to research Cemetery residents annually for the event.

Once known as Peabody Cemetery, the Springfield Cemetery is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the City of Springfield. Despite being located in the heart of the city, the cemetery itself was designed in the landscape tradition of the rural cemetery with sloping hills and meandering paths through the graves that date back to the first burial in 1841. Stones, tablets, and remains dating to 1664 were relocated from the Old First Church shortly after the opening of the cemetery.

Hour-long walking tours will depart every fifteen minutes starting at 1:00pm at Springfield Cemetery, 171 Maple Street. The last tour will be at 2:00 PM. 

Members of the Trust will purchase a ticket for $15, and non-members will purchase a ticket for $18. Get tickets

Tickets can also be purchased in-person with cash on October 15 at Springfield Cemetery, subject to availability. Space is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged, as the event typically sells out.

Docent-led groups will visit the graves of several famous or infamous Springfield residents, where costumed interpreters will assume the role of that resident.

Enter the Springfield Cemetery through the Pine Street gate, which is across the street from 45 Pine Street.

  • Follow tour signs to the parking area and check-in table
  • Park along cemetery lanes, and proceed to check-in table
  • Arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled tour time
  • If you arrive late your reservation time may be given to another guest and you will be added to the next available tour
  • The tour will be about one-hour and will be held rain or shine
  • Wear warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes

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Details

Date:
October 15, 2023
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Website:
http://www.springfieldpreservation.org/events/
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