Edgewood Cemetery Comes Alive During Fall Events

Fall has been exceptionally lively at Edgewood Historic Cemetery, 989 E. High Street, here in our focus area!  On October 7, the first-ever walking tour, A Walk to Remember, earned rave reviews.  Despite the steady drizzle, 65 individuals dove into local history and met well-prepared volunteer re-enactors and interpreters, including a small Civil War encampment, stationed throughout the 12-acre cemetery. The fundraiser was planned by Edgewood Friends volunteer Kelly Fenstermacher to garner essential support for the graveyard’s mowing and maintenance fund. 

Lou Jeffries (left), archivist for The Hill School, portrays Matthew Meigs.
Kelly Fenstermacher (right) welcomes guests to the first ever walking tour of Edgewood Cemetery

“We are so grateful to our actors as well as our guests, all of whom braved the rainy weather to enjoy a wonderful day,” Fenstermacher said.  She has received enthusiastic feedback that will inform additional tours — including a spring event to spotlight “infamous” people interred at Edgewood.

Volunteers gathered two weeks later on October 21 for a grounds cleanup.  The Edgewood “Friends” board extends special thanks to Rob and Paula Bickelman of Find Solutions Properties for manning their chipper and Nick Fulmer of ElectraTech Services LLC for tree trimming and chainsaw operation. 

Jess Grater provided lunch for all the volunteers in addition to creating a stunning image of Eddie Edgewood, the hawk who makes his home at the Cemetery and made an appearance during the cleanup. 

Shirts, tree ornaments, wooden coaster sets, signed prints, and garden flags bearing Eddie’s rendering are being sold as a fundraiser to help support Edgewood’s maintenance. To purchase Cemetery swag and help this ongoing effort, email Cathy or call 610-705-1017.

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