Fenton History Center Invites All to “Saints and Sinners” Lakeview Cemetery Tours


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The Fenton History Center is pleased to announce that the 12th annual Saints and Sinners Cemetery Tours will be coming to Jamestown this October. On October 14, visitors will have a chance to become better acquainted with a few of the more than 43,000 people buried in the historic Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown. “The efforts of the Fenton staff and the talents of our actors really make these stories spring to life,” says Fenton Director Noah Goodling. “It is a true community effort to tell a true community story, and we are so thankful to our researchers, actors, volunteers, and sponsors for making this event such a tremendous success.”

The tours kicked off on Saturday, October 7, with walking and horse-drawn carriage tours available.

The walking tours will start every 30 minutes from 6 to 10 p.m., with the last tour starting at 9 p.m. The horse-drawn carriage tours start every hour from 3 to 6 p.m.

The fun continues on Saturday, October 14, when more walking and carriage tours will be offered. The walking tours on the 14 will be from 3 to 6 p.m., and the carriage tours will be from 6 to 9 p.m.

The final event will be the Mausoleum and More Tours on October 15th. During a 90-minute tour, guests will be able to go inside a select group of the mausoleums where a costumed actor will portray a resident of the mausoleum who will tell about the other inhabitants and their time above ground. Each of the mausoleum’s architecture, design and unique features will be highlighted. Tickets for this event are $20 per person, with light refreshments included in the price. The tour begins at 8 p.m.

Reservations are required for all horse-drawn carriage tours. These seats often sell out, so make your reservation early! Tickets for these tours are $18, regardless of age.

Reservations are encouraged for those looking to go on the walking tours. Pre-sale tickets for adult visitors to the walking tours will be $10; they will be $12 at the gate. Fenton members get a special deal, at only $5 a ticket. Children 18 and under can get in for just $2.

The carriage and walking tours each take different paths and tell different stories, so both should be experienced, if possible. Trained guides lead each group around, telling the unique histories of the residents of the beautiful 1859 cemetery.

Reservations are requested, please call 664-6256 and reserve your tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the Fenton History Center from 10 to 4, Monday through Saturday. The Fenton History Center is located just south of the Washington Street Bridge on Washington Street. Guests are asked to wear comfortable shoes, to bring a flashlight for the evening tours and to be ready to learn interesting information about Jamestown and Lake View Cemetery. For more information, visit www.fentonhistorycenter.org.