Cemetery Walk highlights folks of Montgomery’s past
By Judy Pochel For The Beacon-News October 1, 2012 1:34PM
Updated: October 1, 2012 7:36PM
MONTGOMERY — Wednesday night’s Cemetery Walk at Riverside Cemetery won’t feature any ghouls or ghastly characters. It will be a family friendly and informative outing on the village’s history.
The fourth annual cemetery walk is slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday, with tours beginning at the corner of River and Taylor streets.
Debbie Buchanan, executive assistant and staff liaison with the Historic Preservation Commission, said the first year about 100 people showed up, and the number had grown each year. Last year more than 400 people walked through the historic cemetery as actors portrayed the lives of those who made Montgomery special so many years ago.
The Montgomery Historical Preservation Commission is in charge of putting the event together each year. Volunteers research old village records to make sure the facts of past residents’ lives are portrayed exactly as the events unfolded over.
“Guests are led through the cemetery in small groups... Visitors meet the ‘ghosts’ of the early pioneers and other permanent residents of the cemetery,” Buchanan said.
The village is still seeking volunteers to serve as guides who will lead small groups through the cemetery where the only light is from the moon or flashlights brought by the visitors.
Buchanan said the harvest moon and clear weather create the perfect setting.
Those whose lives will be highlighted is a closely kept secret, Buchanan gave some hints:
A woman everyone called Grandma some 50 years ago.
A past resident who was involved in two murder investigations regarding their connection with the victims.
A very early settler in the area.
And an environmental activist.
For information on the Cemetery Walk, visit ci.montgomery.il.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=142.