The Montgomery Historic Preservation Commission’s Cemetery Walk returns this year at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The event is held at the Riverside Cemetery, 414 N. River St. in Montgomery. Guests are led through the cemetery on a tour back in time to meet the fascinating “ghosts” of early Montgomery settlers and other cemetery residents.
This event, geared towards all ages, is not a traditional scary cemetery walk but rather a fun glimpse into the past with authentic characters portraying historical figures of Montgomery. Each year the Historic Preservation Commission works to highlight new stories and icons of our community. This year’s event features a Burlington Railroad worker, a WWII Veteran, a teacher from Nicholson School, and the son of a Swiss immigrant.
Visitors are welcome to arrive any time between 7 and 8 p.m. Tours begin at the corner of River and Taylor streets on the southeast side of the cemetery about every 10 minutes. Parking is available along River Street near Montgomery Park. Visitors should bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.
Dieterle Memorial Home, which owns and maintains Riverside Cemetery, will provide complimentary refreshments at the event. In addition, old Montgomery street signs will be available for $10 each.
There is no charge for this event. In the event of rain, the Cemetery Walk will take place on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the same time and location.
Montgomery’s Historic Preservation Commission, a volunteer-led organization, committed to preserving the history of the Village, organizes the Cemetery Walk.