Cemetery tour at Grey Towers

| 29 Sep 2011 | 09:47

MILFORD - Regional historian Peter Osborne will conduct a tour of the Laurel Hill Cemetery, located on the grounds of Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. Participants should meet in the Visitor Pavilion in the parking lot and wear comfortable shoes for a short hike. Laurel Hill Cemetery served as the original town graveyard until the Milford Cemetery on U.S. Route 209 was established. Osborne will share information about some of the cemetery’s most well-known inhabitants during this program. He also will explain the significance of the artwork on the headstones and grave markers. The USDA Forest Service, which administers Grey Towers, has undertaken some rehabilitation projects to improve the cemetery and make it safer and more easily accessed by the public. A new brochure, which will provide for a self-guided interpretive experience, will soon be available. Forest Service volunteers are currently being recruited for increased care of the cemetery. The Pike County Historic Preservation Trust provided a new sign so that there is some conformity with other historic cemeteries in the county. The cemetery tour is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is recommended. For more information call 570-296-9630 or e-mail greytowers@fs.fed.us .