Sunday, September 15, 2013

Preparing for the Cemetery Tour

I am preparing for the mini cemetery tour that I am doing for the Rice family reunion. Perhaps someday, you will have to prepare to take people to the cemetery, too so I thought I'd give you some ideas for "touring the dead".

I took these photos to show that old cemeteries can be "landlocked" and are hard to find a place to put your car and enter the cemetery. As you can see because of the Walker building (once a high school and now a municipal building) the city of Marlborough had put up this handicapped accessible ramp on the side of the building. 

People entering the cemetery will have to navigate up the ramp and out onto the grassy area near the back of the Walker building. Parking is on the street. On the other side of the cemetery, there is a open entrance but because of  the location, taking the ramp up is the best way to spend time in the cemetery.

If you are the tour guide (even for a family tour), you will have to know where people are going to park their vehicles and how they are going to meet you. Cemetery terrain is often "lumpy" and filled with holes. Many cemeteries have been placed on hilly ground because it was land that was not good for farming. 

Sturdy walking shoes and an umbrella are needed and hopefully sunglasses. To do any kind of demonstration with a mirror some light is needed. 

27 people have signed up. That's a large crowd to manage.

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