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DIXON, Ill . — Back by popular demand, St. Peter’s Church Preservation Committee will host “Tales from the Tombs III” from 1-4 p.m., Sunday, June 10, at the Grand Detour Cemetery. The cemetery is at the north end of the village three blocks north of St. Peter’s Church. The afternoon will feature stories from several Grand Detour Cemetery “residents.” The portrayers will be local volunteers in period dress; they will speak in first person, connecting their life stories to the history of Grand Detour.
The walking tours will begin at 1 p.m. and on every quarter hour until 4 p.m. The walk lasts approximately one hour, and groups will stop at each of the gravesites to hear stories of Grand Detour’s 177- year history. The tour will end at St. Peter’s Church, where Father Whitcome’s grave is located. Reverend Whitcome will be portrayed by his grandson, Albert Bertrand Whitcombe, who will be traveling from New York to take part in the cemetery walk. Historic St. Peter’s Church, built in 1850 and restored in the 1990s, will be open to visitors.
The cemetery walk will also feature a visit from Miles Standish, a Pilgrim aboard the Mayflower (1620), who was an ancestor of Myron Standish Strong. Mr. Standish will be portrayed by Norman Standish, a descendent, who resides in Lanark.
A $5 donation per adult is suggested. Proceeds will go to support St. Peter’s Church. Please contact Claudia Nelson at (815) 677-1687 with questions or requests for further information.
Posted June 6, 2012