CENTERBURG — Has your lack of knowledge about Centerburg been haunting you? Join the Centerburg Joint Recreation District, Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. for an evening stroll by lantern light through East View Cemetery to visit the resting place of some important historical figures. Local historian Gloria Parsisson will be the guide for this intriguing look at Centerburg’s past, which begins, from the “new” (west) side of the cemetery at the intersection of White and Croton roads on the east edge of town where the group will park and pick up lanterns to help guide our walk to the older cemetery section.
“The goal of this program is to inform and entertain rather than scare,” said Gary Moore, program consultant for CJRD. “In fact we view this as an opportunity to visit a sacred and protected place by special township permission, and we will put an emphasis on protection of the resource and sanctity of the site. That said, this does provide an exciting and out of the ordinary venue for the family or history buffs to explore some underutilized open space at a great time of year to be outdoors.”
Parsisson offers the following glimpse of some things that might be explored. “In 1842 the Free Will Baptist built a second meeting house at South Hartford and White roads and they laid out the second graveyard in the township at that time. You will hear about many of the early residents and some of the issues and events that impacted their lives. We will visit veterans of the American Revolution, War of 1812 and the Civil War, one being a Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. We will also find the names of families that are familiar in our local roads today,” added Gloria.
“Gloria Parsisson is an amazing treasury of local lore and history,” said Dave Beck, administrator for the CJRD. Gloria not only has incredible knowledge on the early days of Centerburg and surrounding area, but has a knack for making history ... come to life,” said Beck, “she has been a great asset to the recreation district as a resource person.”
Participants should dress for the weather as the entire program will be outdoors, and be aware that the ambiance of lantern light may present some visibility challenges.
The Centerburg Joint Recreation District was created to provide Centerburg area residents greater recreation opportunity and variety. The mission of the CJRD is to physically and financially assist in the enhancement of recreational facilities and programs, and also to expand and develop additional recreational facilities and programs in the Centerburg School District. For more information contact CJRD Administrator Dave Beck at 625-5123, or be sure to check upcoming events including the Sunday, Nov. 18, Owl Walk and Campfire program at www.cjrd.org.
Published on October 22, 2012