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May 2, 2013

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Cemetery walk set for May 4

COVINGTON, Ind. — The fifth annual cemetery walk in Covington, Ind., will see a change of venue this year, as the event moves to Mt. Hope Cemetery on Stringtown Road.

Thirteen characters and eight grave sites with historical interest have been selected for Saturday’s program.

“Some of the characters this year could have easily talked about their lives for several hours, and it was really hard to narrow their speaking time to just a few minutes,” said Kim Martin, president of the Fountain County Genealogy Society, which co-hosts the event with the Fountain County Art Council.

Among those portrayed are Jonathan Bash, a former member of the Horse Thief Detective Association, and his wife, Caroline. Bash will share the story about Hangman’s Curve, which is located in Fountain County.

The walk also includes stories from Peter and Elvira Layton who, along with his brother, founded Layton Station between Covington and Veedersburg, and Civil War vet George Phebus who was almost blown up by a cannon in Covington 40 some years after the war.

“We choose different pioneers each year,” said Martin. “The characters are chosen because of historic information that is available or because of an interesting old newspaper article or obituary that we find, plus a lot of walking through the cemetery itself.”

The event runs 1-4 p.m. EDT Saturday and transportation to the cemetery by van and horse and wagon will be provided from the Fountain County Clerk’s Building and Museum, 516 Fourth Street, in Covington, starting at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

“Mt. Hope has paved driveways and it will be a much easier walk than ever before, and much easier to maneuver for the handicapped,” Martin said. “People are welcome to bring a lawn chair and sit at each stop if they’d like.”

The last ride will leave the Clerk’s Building at 3 p.m., and the last tour will start at 3:15 p.m. EDT.

Admission for the event is $7 for adults and $3 for children age 6-12. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the House with the Lions Antiques on the east side of the square in Covington and the day of the event at the Clerk’s Building.

“The cemetery walk is a great opportunity for our community to learn about our past and the people who settled here years ago,” said Lisa Purple, a local resident who has attended walks in the past. “Last year they did an outstanding job of bringing people to life. We loved looking at the old photos and things in the museum too.”

The Clerk’s Building, which opens for the year in conjunction with the walk, also will feature several events, including the Ward Hill Lamon Civil War Roundtable Encampment, an exhibit about the Wabash and Erie Canal, and demonstrations of the old arts, such as making butter.

Members of the Art Council will serve light refreshments, and Wabash River Strings and Things will entertain with dulcimer music throughout the day.

All proceeds from the annual cemetery walk are used to support the operations of the Fountain County Art Council and the Fountain County Genealogy Society. For more information, contact Kim Martin at (765) 793-4123 or Carol Freese at (765) 793-2710.

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