After a two year hiatus this event is back at Bellefontaine Cemetery!
This isn’t like all the other fall cemetery tours. Rather than portraying the spirits of those buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery we portray the living, breathing people of the era who were left behind to mourn the loss of a loved one.
This year’s event will focus on the importance of symbolism during the nineteenth century from cemetery iconography to the language of the flowers. A short walking tour will be followed by 19th century funeral service held in Hotchkiss Chapel, burial procession and graveside service of Mary Waters, who died in 1868 at the age of 102.
This is a free event. Tours take place at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Space is limited, so be sure to register for one of these tours here today!
There are six different tour times from which you can choose. Registration is required, so please sign up for your preferred tour time by clicking on one of the links below.
9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. – SOLD OUT!
9:45 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. – SOLD OUT!
11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. – SOLD OUT!
11:45 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. – SOLD OUT!
1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. – SOLD OUT!
1:45 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. – SOLD OUT!
Tours are free, however, donations to the Friends of Bellefontaine Cemetery are gratefully accepted.
To make a gift to the Friends of Bellefontaine, email Joe Shields or call our office at 314-381-0750.
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The Mourning Society of St Louis is a civilian reenacting group with an interest in mourning, death culture, spiritualism, and the funeral customs of the mid-nineteenth century through the early twentieth century. Visit mourningsociety.com to find out more!
Photos taken by Curt Dennison