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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: http://www.historicalsocietyofeastonct.org.