Gunn Museum’s 14th Annual Cemetery Tour
October 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gunn Historical Museum, 5 Wykeham Road
Washington, CT 06793 United States
The Gunn Historical Museum’s 14th Annual Washington Cemetery Tour will take place in person on Friday, October 29, 2021, from 6:30-8:30 pm. The tour is produced by the Gunn Museum under the direction of local theater luminaries Doug and Martha Winkel of The Dramalites.
The Washington Cemetery Tour is an annual “living history” event that showcases the rich history of Washington through costumed actors who portray residents from the past. In this year’s tour, we will be sharing new stories highlighting “Residents of The Green”; untold, fascinating accounts of those who lived and worked around Washington Green. Costumed tour guides with lanterns will lead groups of visitors along a magical path of 1,000 luminaries, spanning a quarter-mile from the Gunn Museum through the shadowy Washington Green Cemetery, where the town’s departed citizens will be stationed at their graves to tell their true tales.
New this year:
Free tickets are required to attend and can only be obtained in advance by online reservation starting on October 1 at: www.gunnmuseum.org. No onsite tickets will be available as in years past. Attendees must check in at the booth in the museum parking lot 15 minutes before your tour departure time. Please print your tickets or have them ready on your phone when you check in. If you are late and miss your tour, we cannot add you to another tour.
The Washington Green Cemetery Tour starts at the Gunn Historical Museum at 5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT. Tours depart every ten minutes between 6:30 and 8:30 pm and last approximately one hour. The First Congregational Church at 6 Kirby Road, across the street from the Museum, will be a stop on the Cemetery Tour this year. The Gunn Library and Museum buildings will not be open during the tour this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While there is no fee for this event, donations are greatly appreciated. All funds raised support the Gunn Historical Museum.
We ask that you please be mindful and select a time slot that you are certain you can attend, so that the tours can run smoothly the evening of the Cemetery Tour. No changes can be made to online reservations the day of the Cemetery Tour. If, for any reason, you need to cancel or change your time slot, you must do so online at least one day in advance.
Tour guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight, dress warmly, wear comfortable walking shoes, and carpool since parking is limited. The Washington Cemetery Tour will adhere to COVID safety protocols; please be mindful of social distancing and we strongly encourage all attendees to wear face masks. The rain date for the Cemetery Tour is Saturday, October 30 from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Parking is limited. Be sure to allocate extra time to find a parking space and check in. Please park in one of the following designated parking lots or nearby side streets if the lots are full: Gunn Library parking lot at 5 Wykeham Road or Washington Club Hall parking lot at 92 Green Hill Road.
Current members of Friends of the Gunn Historical Museum will be given preference for the first tour at 6:20pm (first come, first serve, until filled) and should pre-register by calling the museum at 860-868-7756 before October 1 to reserve their tickets for the first tour. If you aren’t currently a member, click here to join online: www.gunnlibrary.org/gunn-museum/museum-support/
“The Washington Cemetery Tour is my favorite annual event. I enjoy bringing friends to hear the stories of people who lived here years ago” says area resident Rich Pomerantz. “It’s incredibly special to see the cemetery path lined in candlelit luminaries as we are guided by local area students dressed in period costume,” says Pomerantz. “It’s one of the best things to do in our wonderful town. I look forward to it each year.”
Thank you to this year’s Cemetery Tour sponsors to date!: Ericson Insurance Advisors, George Home, Klemm Real Estate, Paul Hirschauer at Guaranteed Rate, The Matthews Group, Union Savings Bank, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. If you’d like to become a sponsor of this year’s cemetery tour contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gunn Historical Museum is located at 5 Wykeham Road in Washington, Connecticut. Contact 860-868-7756 or email@example.com for information or visit our website: www.gunnmuseum.org.