Guided graveyard walking tours in Strasburg

Take a guided walking tour of Strasburg’s graveyards this Saturday.

Timothy Taylor, a board member of the Strasburg Heritage Association, said this is the fifth year the graveyard tours have taken place in town.  He noted there have been between 180 to 500 people attend annually.

This year, tour groups will visit the old graveyard on the end of Queen Street, which is the oldest public cemetery in Strasburg, he said. Beside it is the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, with its graveyard.

“We will share the history of the graveyard and church as well as learn about prominent citizens …  buried there,” he said.

The other graveyard on the tour is St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  Taylor said those on the tour will also hear about the impact the Civil War had on the church and its congregation.

Grave sites to be visited include Adam Keister Sr. and his descendants’ vast impact on Strasburg’s history, along with Solomon Bell and his relatives who impacted the pottery industry in town, he added. The lives of Alease Thompson and the Spengler family will also be discussed on the tour.

Other public figures noted will be Samuel Funk, also known as Brother Obadiah, a Sabbatarian monk.

“This was a religious order that played a major role in Strasburg’s history, which included the pottery business,” Taylor said.

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If You Go

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Meet at the Strasburg Community Library. Walking tours leave every 15 minutes, with groups of 15 people. The tour takes about an hour.

How much: Pre-sale tickets are available for $3 each at the Strasburg Town Office. Day of the event tickets are $5 each at the Strasburg Community Library beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Note: A special bus tour for those with disabilities will be held at 3 p.m.