Last year on Halloween weekend we did something we had never done before – tour a really, really old cemetery at night. It was one the coolest (literally) things that we have ever done! This “living” history walking tour through the Eureka Springs Cemetery features actors in period costumes playing the roles of early citizens reminiscing about their colorful lives. Eureka Springs has such a rich background, we learn new things all the time, even after living here for over eight years! The cemetery holds so many interesting historical figures, we look forward to many years of wonderful stories to be told.
This year, eleven “citizens” of Eureka’s Silent City have been asked to share their stories. The cast includes Cyrus Wilson who was shot in the 1922 robbery of a Eureka Springs bank and Earnest Jordan, the man who shot him; Miss Kitty Goodwin who ran a dance hall in 1880s, Charles W. Conner, the stonemason who built the Carnegie Public Library; plus a miner, a newspaper woman, a vaudeville and Hollywood actress, a bathhouse proprietor, a Civil War widow who ran a rooming house, and the town’s first telephone operator.
Volunteers in period clothing host and lead the tours. It’s an approximately one hour walking tour that includes 5 minute stops with each “citizen.” Tours are scheduled to start around 5:30 p.m. and will leave every twenty minutes, the last one ending at 8:30 p.m. After dusk, participants will be led by guides with lanterns and the path will be softly illuminated with garden lights. Torches will mark the way, all creating an atmosphere befitting the tales.
The tour is a fund-raising project of the members of the Eureka Springs Historical Museum. Proceeds are used to finance daily operations, special exhibits and on-going restoration projects.
Dates for this fabulous event are October 15 & 16th, October 29th & 30th and there will also be other dates in May of 2011, the 6th & the 13th! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Parking is free! There is also a shuttle service and refreshments included in the price of the ticket.
We are looking forward to going again this year; we hope to see you there!
Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!