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Cast prepares for HSM Living History Cemetery Tour June 22!

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BURIED HERE George and Katharine Decker are among the historic figures who will be introduced to visitors at the Living History Cemetery Tour June 22. Contributed Photo

BURIED HERE George and Katharine Decker are among the historic figures who will be introduced to visitors at the Living History Cemetery Tour June 22. Contributed Photo

The Seventh Living History Cemetery Tour, sponsored by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, takes place Sat., June 22 (rain date June 23).

This year’s tour is at Margaretville Cemetery, on Cemetery Road, just off Route 30 (upper Main Street) in the Village of Margaretville. Tourgoers will meet 10 people from the past on one-hour guided tours that depart from the parking lot every 20 minutes starting at 4 p.m. There are seven tour times available; reservations are required and can be made by calling 845.586.4736.

The cast of local players, directed by Frank Canavan and Joyce St. George, includes Agnes Laub as nurse-historian Ethel Bussy Coulter; Kelly Keck and Dave Turan as WWI vets Bruno Metzner and Marcus Korn; Ann Saxon Hersh as Margaret Hallock Newton, proprietor of the Pakatakan Lodge; John Bernhardt as banker and school board chairman James Henry Hitt.

Also, Beth Sherr as Eleanor Sands Marvin, the granddaughter of Margaretville power couple George G. and Catherine Moore Decker; Jim Rauter and Katie Rosa as Dr. James and Harriet Allaben; Amy Taylor as farm wife and mother Abigail Clum, and Burr Hubbell as John Dickson, Jr., a timber raftsman on the East Branch who served in the War of 1812.

Docents Barb Atkin, Tina Greene and Eli Taylor will lead tour groups to meet these characters. Other people from the past will be spotted strolling, playing and picnicking in the cemetery.

More information on this event and other programs planned by the Historical Society is available at mtownhistory.org; history@catskill.net; or 845.586.4973.

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