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Tales told of lives long ago at Roswell Presbyterian Cemetery
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
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Staff / Erin Gray<br>Event organizer for "Behind My Stone” Connie Huddleston will be playing the part of the unmarked grave character during this year's walk June 1 at 7 p.m.
Staff / Erin Gray
Event organizer for "Behind My Stone” Connie Huddleston will be playing the part of the unmarked grave character during this year's walk June 1 at 7 p.m.
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Spending an evening in a graveyard may sound a bit morbid or spooky. But on June 1, Roswell Presbyterian Cemetery will be the venue for a family-friendly storytelling event that all ages will enjoy.

There will be nothing scary about Beyond My Stone, a unique offering from the Roswell Historical Society.

Costumed characters stationed at various graves throughout the burial ground will convey the story of the person in that grave.

“We are not telling ghost stories, but real history,” said historical society member Connie Huddleston, who will lead the tour representing the occupants of the cemetery’s unmarked graves.

“From 1870 to 1880, not antebellum but right afterwards, a lot of burials in the cemetery date to that time, so I get to tell a lot of people’s stories,” Huddleston said.

There will be a total of eight role players, including Dave Lyons, who portrays railroad engineer Isaac Roberts with lots of humor and vitality.

In the person of Matilda Elizabeth Dunwoody, Paulette Snoby will recount life as a widow of a Civil War combatant.

“The story is heartbreaking. Most women are usually moved to tears when they hear it,” Huddleston said.

Historical Society Administrator Forrest Wolf, who is pregnant, will be wearing maternity dress of the period as she tells the story of a young woman who died in childbirth.

The society has done Beyond My Stone tours before, but this is the first time in four years, said Huddleston, who created and copyrighted the event.

“Every time we do it, we try to have a few different characters. If you came in 2009, there are going to be some new ones as well as some old favorites,” she said.

Beyond My Stone begins at 7 p.m. and tour participants should meet at the end of the cemetery near the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church parking lot. The program requires being able to walk on uneven ground and stand for a period of time. Audience members should bring a flashlight.

Tickets for adults are $10 and children $5, with a maximum of $30 per family. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time from the historical society office or at the event.

Proceeds are used by the society for its many programs and initiatives.

For information, go to www.roswellhistoricalsociety.org.
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