Some people just can’t get enough time in old graveyards. If you enjoy cemetery crawls and love to discover the stories and the gravestones- then this event is for you. Visitors will get the list of participating towns on the Windham Arts website and may visit any or all sites during the four- hour event.
Guides at each cemetery will share a few stories of the those long buried but not forgotten. Some stories may be told by the ghosts themselves. In Windham, some stones date to the late 1600s. Josiah Manning was one of the gravestone carvers who carved many of the ornate and iconic granites in the region. In 1800, he even carved his own stone and died six years later at age 82. Chaplin resident, Rusty Lanzit, will portray the Reverend Francis Williams (1814-1896) and tell tales in the Chaplin Cemetery. A visit to the Nathan Hale Cemetery in Coventry may share the unusual 1751 stone of Esther Meacham. The carver is the well- known and distinctive Gershom Bartlett, but her epitaph recounts her experience of being captured by natives in Massachusetts in 1704. The cemetery is famous for the huge cenotaph to Connecticut’s State Hero, Nathan Hale.
“Windham Arts is committed to promoting Art, Culture and History and cemeteries have all of that.” said one of the organizers, Bev York. Windham Arts is looking to turn a new page and build collaborations between our region’s artisans, makers, and heritage organizations that are so rich in art and history, including the Chamber of Commerce.
Visit the participating cemeteries in any order between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Windham Arts website will provide driving directions and parking instructions. Rain date is Saturday, October 30. Sponsored by Windham Arts (Art, Culture, History and Tourism) and the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce.