It's mid-October and time to start focusing on all things spooky. The haunted trails, hayrides, and costume parties are all still a must, but consider something new with a cemetery tour in New Bedford. This Sunday, Oct. 18, the 6th Annual New Bedford Historical Cemetery Tour, hosted by the New Bedford Preservation Society, offers historical portrayals in period costume and will take place at several gravesites along the tour route in Rural Cemetery. The cemetery is the final resting place for many members of prominent whaling-era families, New Bedford politicians, famous New Bedford artists, and other notables. Some of the “spirits” who have promised to appear include Mayor Charles S. Ashley, Minna Grumbt Webb, and Albert Bierstadt, to name a few.
The tour route will cover approximately one mile as visitors stroll along for a 45-minute walk. Tour costs $15 at the cemetery gate or by advance purchase at local businesses. Rain date is Oct. 25. Call the Preservation Society at 508-997-7425 or visit online for further information.
Photo of Ed Baldwin, portraying Mayor Charles S. Ashley, courtesy of New Bedford Preservation Society