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Candlelight Tour at historic Gilbert Cemetery on Oct. 20

Published September 18. 2012 05:01PM

Rustling leaves. Howling winds.

Something touching your shoulder.

Things that go bump in the night.

Orbs and spirits. Zombies.

No, this isn't a Stephen King novel, or even a Bruce Smith movie. It is, however, what some imagine while walking through a cemetery at night.

There are no promises of any of the above, but you will have an educational evening as you learn about the people who reside in the Gilbert Cemetery, or Salem Cemetery as it was known.

A tour is being hosted by the Chestnuthill Township Historical Society on Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m. at the cemetery located on Gilbert Road (behind Salem UCC), just off Route 209 in Gilbert.

It is interesting to note that the founder of S.S. Kresge, which was renamed Kmart, is buried in this cemetery. The earliest Gilbert Cemetery burial record to be found so far dates back to 1784, and belongs to Jacob Everitt.

Whether you are interested in local history, or trying to catch some orbs in your camera's eye, this is a one-of-a-kind event. There will be cider and donuts following the estimated hour-long tour.

Participants should bring a battery-operated candle or a low-light flashlight to enjoy this lantern-guided tour. The event will be held rain or shine and will begin promptly at 7 p.m. For information, call Nancy at 570-992-8149.

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