Cemetery Tour with Dan Cruson, May 20th 3:30PM

The Historical Society of Easton will sponsor Dan Cruson, celebrated historian, author, teacher and scholar, on a guided tour of two of Easton’s historic cemeteries, Gilbertown and Union, on Saturday May 20th at 3:30 PM (Rain Date: May 21st).
Dan is the author of “Redding and Easton” as well as many historical tomes about neighboring towns and their environs including his hometown of Newtown, where he is the town’s historian. Where old photos, manuscripts, and maps have provided much inspiration in past endeavors, cemeteries are also a rich source of information and he will guide attendees through with headstones pointing out oddities along the way.
His tour of the two cemeteries will provide insight into how our 18th Century forefathers lived and died. He will also explore the origins and meanings of local grave markers and the traditions held about death and dying.
Our tour will begin at Gilbertown Cemetery the second oldest cemetery in Easton and the final resting place of Samuel Staples. The cemetery is adjacent to Aspetuck Park and located at 373 Black Rock Road, Easton. Please park at Aspetuck Park or at the nearby Olde Blue Bird Inn and Garage. From Gilbertown the tour will continue to Union Cemetery located at the intersection of Stepney Road and Sport Hill Road. Union is the oldest cemetery in Easton with headstones dating to 1761 and reported to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in the United States with supposed visits from the “White Lady”. Certainly, Dan will shed some light on how her legend came to be.
Please note the tour will be Saturday, May 20th at 3:30 PM with a rain date of Sunday May 21st starting at the Gilbertown Cemetery. The tour will cost as follows: $15 for non-members; $10 for members; $5 for children 8 years of age or older; $25 maximum per family. Children under 8 will be admitted free. For more information please contact the Historical Society of Easton at 203-292-3533, by email: hseastonct@gmail.com or visit: http://www.historicalsocietyofeastonct.org.

Upcoming Lecture-The Titanic- April 15, 2017 4pm

The Historical Society of Easton welcomes the return of author Stephen Spignesi for a special lecture on The Titanic, on Saturday April 15th at 4 PM in the Easton Library’s Community Room, 691 Morehouse Road. The date marks the 105th Anniversary of its sinking in the North Atlantic!
Please join us for an illustrated presentation about the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line’s premier luxury ocean liner, Titanic, the largest vessel of its time. What was life like on board for all the traveling classes? Much has been discovered about the ship, the design, the tragic decisions made that fateful night which may have caused its’ untimely demise, the communication failures and more. What contributed to more than 1,500 passengers meeting their watery graves? And for those who survived, their harrowing stories of boarding lifeboats, tossed about in frigid waters not knowing if they’d ever be rescued?
The author will also play a special recording of a song written for the Titanic musical but never used in the performance called “Three Days” a real treat for the audience.
Stephen Spignesi is a retired University of New Haven Practitioner in Residence and prolific author of more than 70 books on American history, pop culture, the Founding Fathers, the US Presidents, Stephen King, The Beatles, true crime, the paranormal among other pop culture subjects and TV shows.
While the lecture is free to all to attend, donations are always welcome and greatly appreciated to support the Historical Society’s efforts and future events. For more information please call the Historical Society of Easton at 203-292-3533 or email us at hseastonct@gmail.com.