Guided tours of the founders’ cemetery offered

Cambridge residents and visitors will have a special opportunity this weekend to participate in a unique tour to learn about the history of the Founders’ Cemetery in the city’s inner city.

The Coming Alive Cemetery tour, sponsored by the Dickens Victorian Village and the Guernsey County Historical Society, is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Guides representing Zaccheus Beatty (1774-1835), Col Gordon Lofland (1794-1869), Suzanna (Hutchison) Bell (1803-1884) and wife of Cong. James Martin Bell, William R. Buchanan (1818-1855), Billie Burke (1884-1970) and Toby Beatty (unknown) will present a living history tour with details of their life in Cambridge.

Local actors portraying historical guides include Rick Booth, Tim Hayes, Donna Hill, Randolph White, Suellen Johnson, and Tracy Lingafelter.

Admission is $ 5 and participants are asked to enter through the gate located at the corner of Southgate Parkway and Turner Avenue. The $ 5 cash charge will be collected prior to respective visiting hours.

Tours of the two-acre cemetery set aside by city founders Jacob Gomber and Zaccheus Beatty in 1806 are organized by local historians Rick Booth and Tom Davey.

When it opened, the cemetery was only half an acre. It was then enlarged to its current size in 1835.

The first inscriptions visible on the stones of the founder’s cemetery date back to 1817. The last known burial was that of Joseph D. Tingle in 1891.

When the town cemetery opened years later, some remains were moved to the new cemetery to keep the families together.

Families have reportedly left information about the stones explaining the new resting place for those formerly buried at the founder’s cemetery, located one block south of the Guernsey County Courthouse in downtown Cambridge.

The Coming Alive tour to the Founders’ Cemetery will also be available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on November 13.

Cambridge Main Street executive director Mary Beth Sills said tickets for the Cambridge city center underground tour on Friday and Saturday were sold out. This tour was part of the Hallowed Halls and Haunts of the House.

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