Cemetery Gravestone Tours May- June 2016


“This historical tour usually sells out the day after we plan it!” -Perry SWCD

Tour Being Offered May – June 2016

A great opportunity for a wonderful historical tour of Somerset’s iconic cemeteries. Learn about the fascinating stories these cemeteries hold. Rich with heritage, take a step back in time to learn about the unique individuals who now rest within these grounds. You may even find your own ancestors who had such an impact on Perry County! Lunch is included at the wonderful and historical Clay Haus restaurant in the heart of Somerset followed by an Intrepretive tour of the restored 1828 Randolph Mitchell House. Next visit the New Reading, Otterbein, and Somerset Old Luther

The day starts with a wonderful lunch at the Clay Haus Restaurant.  The full tour departs on the Mt. Airy Transit to see part of the earliest portion of Zanes Trace. The bus pulls into the Randolph Mitchell House and everyone unloads.  The “L” shaped house is all brick and was completed in 1828. It is in the federal style which dominated the better architecture of the day.  Recent owner, Doug Price, has undertaken the huge job of restoring the once dilapidated structure.  It’s not completely restore but the outside is almost all restored. We will leave the Mitchell House and visit the cemetery located next to the Mitchell House. This cemetery is filled with the earliest graves in the area. The stones are carved in the New England Style.  Two other early cemeteries will be visited after the New Reading Cemetery.  The day’s activities conclude with an interesting rendition of the mysterious “Horse Shoe Grave”.  Hiking is moderate over flat ground.  Price is $35.00.  Please contact Perry SWCD @ (740) 743-1325 to register!


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