First up was a marvelous tour of the Concord Cemetery of Sleepy Hollow (which causes lots of confusion to tourists who are bad at geography/history/literature). Leading our tour were guides Alida and Richard. Richard does historical portrayals of Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond, but he was himself that day.
Being a bit of a historian, and more well-read than the average bear, I'm a tough customer when it comes to historical tours. We've actually had to correct some guides at famous spots who were unknowingly giving out false information. But these two not only knew their material thoroughly (and Thoreau-ly), they made it entertaining and instructional. When you get the chance to go to Concord, I highly recommend Gatepost Tours for a wonderful afternoon in a graveyard. It's a fun time learning about our country and those who were major voices in our history.
And if you're a writer, you're going to get ideas for so much material! Stories abound, and mysteries, and lost lore aplenty.
The graveyard is the final resting place of many famous people- check out below for a few of the ones we visited.
Henry David Thoreau
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Louisa May Alcott
Daniel Chester French (Sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial and many other famous pieces)
After the tour, we repaired to the Colonial Inn for a hearty lunch, and then were treated to a panel talking about historical mysteries.
A great day seeing fellow authors and learning a lot. Here's Ray Daniel, Julie Hennrikus, and Sheila Connolly:
Barb Ross with Cheryl
Thanks to those who set it up, notably Sharon Daynard, VP of the SinC/NE chapter.