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August 21, 2013

Society’s Talking Tombstones marking its 10th

The 10th anniversary of the Talking Tombstones Tours, a history-based event sponsored by the Parker County Heritage Society, will be celebrated Friday, Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m., at Cup and Cake on the Weatherford downtown square.

All volunteers who have assisted with the Talking Tombstones Tours are invited to enjoy an evening of remembrances and recognition. Costumes are encouraged but optional. The highlight will be the presentation of the “Hands-of-Time” volunteer appreciation award.

Since 2004 docents have guided visitors to different sites located throughout Old City Greenwood Cemetery. At these sites they were greeted by period-attired actors who shared life stories of early day citizens who impacted the community’s heritage.

The 2013 Talking Tombstones Tour, titled “Men of the Cloth,” is scheduled for Oct. 19. The first tour will begin at 1 p.m. with tours following every 15 minutes. The last tour will begin at 3 p.m.

Tickets will be sold the day of the tour at the front gate of Old City Greenwood Cemetery, 300 Front St., in Weatherford.

In the first Talking Tombstones event in 2004, Doug Jefferson portrayed Bose Ikard, a cattle driver who was the role model for a character in the novel, “Lonesome Dove.” In 2005, Martha Lott portrayed Mary Martin as Peter Pan. In 2007, Brenda McClurkin shared the story of David S. Switzer, the “Father of Weatherford College.”

In 2008, Judge Jerry Buckner portrayed Douglas Chandor, a portraitist who surrounded his Weatherford studio/home with an English garden. In 2008, Dr. Thomas Moorman portrayed Thomas S. Levy, a building contractor who attempted to control his family’s future from the grave.

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