Saturday, November 8
Saturday, November 8
Saturday, October 4, 2014
The cemeteries of Adams County are filled with stories of people who came from Norway, Bohemia, Ireland, New England, Ohio, and Illinois, or they born here, stayed here or came back to die here. Their stories tell of their troubles and joys, their families and friends, and help us understand how their lives reflect on our lives today. They can’t tell their stories themselves, so every fall since 2003, the Adams County Historical Society has held a Cemetery Tour. Volunteers stand by graves and become the “spirits” of those buried beneath and tell their stories.
This year the Cemetery Tour visited the spirits in Plainville, Prairie, Lakeview and Mount Calvary Cemeteries.
At Plainville Cemetery we heard from Oscar and Belle Armstrong Atcherson, Civil War veteran George Oakes, and Judge Samuel Tyler. At Lakeview Cemetery we met Vera Phillips, Russell Henningsen, Urban Huber, John and Mary Murphy Vroman, and Jacob and Fannie Jones Vroman. At Mount Calvary Cemetery by St. Ann’s Church in Brooks we saw Katherine and George Lehmann. Finally, at old Prairie Cemetery Cynthia West told us about the others who are buried there.
The Adams County Historical Society Board of Directors meets except as noted elsewhere at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of January, March, April, June, July, September, October and December at the Adams County Heritage Center, 311 Main Street, Friendship, WI. Meetings are open to the public
ACHS Membership Meetings are held at the same time and place as the Directors meetings on the second Wednesdays of February, August and November.
The ACHS Annual Meeting and election of officers is held at the same time and place as the Directors meeting on the second Wednesday of May.
The McGowan House is now closed for the season. Tours may be arranged by appointment. To make an appointment, stop in at the Adams County Heritage Center at 311 Main Street in Friendship during open hours, or call 608-339-7733, 608-339-6867 or 608-339-2199.
The McGowan House will reopen for tours May through September 2015 on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 pm; other times by appointment. Family and group tours can be arranged in the off season.