We have several really cool things that happen in October. Well, actually more than just several – we do have Corvette Weekend, War Eagle Weekend, Eagle Watch Weekend, the fall folliage and cooler weather, Folk Festival, Howl-O-Ween at Turpentine Creek (and a new event coming this year, the Zombie Crawl!) – but one event that’s only been around for a couple of seasons is Voices From the Silent City. This is a costumed, guided Historical tour that takes place in our beautiful (yep, I said that) city cemetery on October 12 & 13 and then again on October 26 & 27th. Eureka Springs has a rich history that goes back to the 1870′s and many of these folks that are long gone are buried in our local cemetery. Our Eureka Springs Historical Museum has been creating this event for the past four years, “resurrecting” the dead and their stories.
This year’s cemetery tour will focus on Civil War veterans. Included will be Dr. Alvah Jackson who is credited with founding Eureka Springs; a woman who worked as a gun runner for the Confederate army stationed in Berryville; a dentist and his wife; a bugle boy; the man who built some of the largest early stone walls in town; a railroad man; the famous evangelist William Evander Penn and the Salvation Singers.
A special presentation during the cemetery tour will be an exhibition and demonstration in a Civil War surgical tent by Doug Kidd of Tontitown.
Tours will be 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27. Tours take about an hour and fifteen minutes. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. Parking at the old Victoria Inn on Highway 62 east. Shuttles will take visitors from the parking area to the cemetery and back. There is no parking at the cemetery.
Tickets will be available at the museum at 95 S. Main, Cornerstone banks, the Chamber of Commerce in Pine Mountain Village on Highway 62 east, and at the parking area each night.
For more information, call the Museum at 479/253-9417 or email email@example.com.
Check with us for vacancies for those weekends, but if we don’t have anything, it’s worth the trip anyway. We might see you there, because we go every year!
Jeff and Sam (Nadara) Feldman – and Sophie, too!