The Lanterns & Tombstones Cemetery Walk returns this Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. CT.
Also known as the Columbia City Cemetery Walking Tour, it will take place in conjunction with Columbia’s “To-the-Nines” downtown event.
Dave Thomas and Mike Watson will lead participants through various parts of the 210-year-old graveyard, pointing out bits of interesting lore along the way.
This is a walking tour through the historic cemetery, and participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, bring a jacket if it is cool, an umbrella if it is sprinkling, and your enthusiasm. Small flashlights will be provided to aid you in winding your way on the tour.
The tour will take place each month throughout the year, culminating with the annual Silent City Tour of 2022. Each month, the tour and narration will be different from the previous months.
There will be some specific information repeated on each month for emphasis and to inform those who have not previously been on the tour.
The tour will form at the edge of the Judicial Center parking area at Monroe Street and will proceed up the drive to the Historic Cemetery, returning in the end to the same location it started.
If it is raining or there is a serious threat of storms, the tour will be postponed until the next scheduled date on June 3.
For more information, email Mike Watson or call the Research Center at 270-380-1024.