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Peterborough’s Village Cemetery Walking Tour
October 5, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
The Village Cemetery is the final resting place of hundreds of Peterborough’s 19th century citizens. On the tour, participants will learn about the careers of Charles Wilder of the Wilder Thermometer and Barometer Company, Amzi Childs, the founder of Peterborough’s famed basket industry, and Joseph and Albert Noone who operated the Noone Woolen Mill. The talk will also examine the lives of some of the workers who contributed to the town’s vitality such as twin sisters Elvira and Elmira Fife who spent their lives working in the Peterborough mills.
The cemetery also documents some of the town’s Civil War history. Learn about Timothy Kneeland Ames, killed at the second battle of Bull Run, and the two Peterborough women who lost their lives on the Potomac in a tragic steamship disaster and hear the story of abolitionist Fanny Smith.
The talk will also look at the shift from graveyard to cemetery in the early 19th century and examine gravestone art and iconography.
The tour is free and all are welcome.
Wear walking shoes and be prepared for uneven terrain. The tour will be held rain or shine.
The cemetery is on the east side of Concord Street, just north of All Saints Episcopal Church. Park along the road or turn into the cemetery and park at the rear.