Dining with the Past at Ashland Cemetery
The Highlands Museum & Discovery Center and the Friends of the Ashland Cemetery are excited to present Dining with the Past. This annual walking tour of the Ashland Cemetery will take place on Saturday, October 8 from 4pm to 9pm. Tickets are $12 and are now on sale at the Highlands Museum and the Ashland Cemetery Office.
History will come to life as reenactors portray significant figures and tell fascinating stories from Ashland’s past. Tour participants will get to “meet” notable people like Paul Blazer, the founder of Ashland Oil, and suffragist Mary Elliot Flanery, the first woman elected to the Kentucky General Assembly. Learn about the McCown brothers who fought on opposite sides of the Civil War. Hear the story of the infamous “Ashland Tragedy” of 1881, a brutal murder that made headlines across the country. New characters and reenactors have been added to this year’s tour. Real life is more interesting than fiction, and that is certainly the case with many of the stories featured in Dining with the Past.
Guided tours for Dining with the Past will take place at 4pm and 6pm. Self-guided tours are ongoing from 4pm to 9pm, so bring a flashlight and enjoy touring the cemetery after dark. Free parking for this event will be available at designated King’s Daughters Medical Center lots where shuttle buses will depart every 15 minutes. Participants will be transported to the cemetery where they will receive complimentary cookies and hot cider. Money raised from this event benefits the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, a 501c3 nonprofit regional history and children’s museum, and the restoration of historical grave markers in the Ashland Cemetery.
For more information call 606-329-8888 or visit highlandsmuseum.com.