Main Street to host 2nd-annual cemetery tour

Louisiana Main to Main to host cemetery tour for "Remember November" initiative.

The Louisiana Main to Main initiative is holding a series of events throughout Louisiana as part of its “Remember November” campaign to raise awareness for cultural and historical preservation in Louisiana’s rural communities.

Abbeville’s Main Street Program is taking part in this initiative by offering exclusive entertainment and historical preservation events including the “If Headstones Could Talk...Old Catholic Church Cemetery Tour” on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008.

Program Manager Charlene Beckett said the cemetery tour is a way to highlight the Abbeville downtown area, and to teach people about the historical significance of Abbeville. The tour will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Magdalen Square, and tours will be conducted every half hour in groups of 20 people per tour. The tour, will last approximately one hour and the tickets cost $10 each.

Strolling through the the Old Catholic Church Cemetery, tour guides dressed in period-style costumes will explain the historical significance of several noted Abbeville figures, including Eugene Addison, Joseph Adrien Nunez, Joseph LeBlanc, The Bagleys, and more.

Last year, Beckett said the tour was located at the Masonic Cemetery, and this year she wants to “show people something different.” She said the second-annual tour will be held in the Old Catholic Church Cemetery, which offers different histories and offers people who went to the cemetery tour last year something completely new.

“Our goal is to create an event for people to enjoy downtown Abbeville, eat at our restaurants, and to share Louisiana Main Street with the community,” Beckett said.

Louisiana Main to Main is an initiative of the Louisiana Main Street program within the Division of Historic Preservation and is sponsored by grants from the Office of the Lt. Governor and National Park Service Preserve America.

“If Headstones Could Talk” cemetery tour has been possible through a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tickets for the tour are sold at The Depot at Magdalen Place, and only a limited amount will be sold. For information on this, or other “Remember November” events that will be held in Abbeville, or to learn how to become a volunteer, please contact Charlene Beckett at 898-4110 or 652-2239.

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