Spooky Inspiration from Hugh King

Southampton Press reporter Oliver Peterson documents East Hampton’s use of Halloween to further interest in history through graveyard tours, offering inspiration for future tours!

Gravestones Stitch a Historical Tapestry: Tour of cemeteries reveals the past

By Oliver Peterson

On Monday night, East Hampton historian Hugh King will give a lantern tour of the South End Burying Ground in East Hampton, just in time for Halloween.

But Mr. King said while the tour of South End, the oldest public cemetery in East Hampton, might be popular to a large degree because it falls near the spooky holiday, he sees the burying ground not as a spooky place but as a place to read history and understand those who lie buried there. [continue]

Having heard of several other moonlight tours, night time tours, ghost tours, and evening programing used by other organizations ranging from Colonial Williamsburg to local Historical Societies, the Old Burying Ground Committee will be trying out a Twilight Tour on September 13th. Interested? Email andrea.meyer.218 [at] gmail [dot] com for more information!

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Upcoming Projects for the OBGC

  1. Talking to the Mayor about the fence repair budget
  2. July 26th tour and potluck–Come Join Us!
  3. Creating condition report logs from records and current assessments of all stones
  4. Creating a digital presence for the OBGC
  5. Making a calendar focused on Sag Harbor’s history using images from Todd ______ of the graveyard
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