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14th Annual Washington Cemetery Tour
October 29, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Registration is now closed. The Cemetery Tour is at full capacity. We are limiting attendance to allow for proper social distancing. We are not allowing any drop-in participation or increasing capacity of the tour. We invite you to join the waitlist by clicking here, then select the” Register” button, followed by selecting the “Join Waitlist” button. If you are selected for an open ticket from the waitlist, you will automatically be notified via email about your ticket. No in-person walk-ins will be allowed on the tour this year.
Unable to attend? We are sorry we cannot accommodate a larger number of participants but we do want to keep our community safe, as well as our volunteers. The tour will be filmed, please check back for the opportunity to watch it via our YouTube Channel.
In this year’s Cemetery Tour, produced by the Gunn Museum under the direction of local theater luminaries, Doug and Martha Winkel of The Dramalites, we will be sharing new stories highlighting “Residents of The Green”; untold, fascinating accounts of those who lived and worked around Washington Green in the past. Costumed tour guides with lanterns will lead groups of visitors along a magical path of 1,000 luminaries, spanning a quarter-mile from the Gunn Museum through the shadowy Washington Green Cemetery, where the town’s departed citizens will be stationed at their graves to tell their true tales.
The Washington Cemetery Tour starts at the Gunn Historical Museum at 5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT. Tours depart every ten minutes between 6:30 and 8:30 pm and last approximately one hour. The First Congregational Church at 6 Kirby Road, across the street from the Museum, will be a stop on the Cemetery Tour this year. The Gunn Library and Museum buildings will not be open this year due to the pandemic. While there is no fee for this event, donations are greatly appreciated. If you wish to make a donation to the Gunn Museum, click here.
We ask that you please be mindful and select a time slot that you are certain you can attend, so that the tours can run smoothly the evening of the Cemetery Tour. No changes can be made to online reservations the day of the Cemetery Tour. If, for any reason, you need to cancel or change your time slot, you must do so online by Wed. Oct. 27.
Tour guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight, dress warmly, wear comfortable walking shoes, and carpool since parking is limited. The Washington Cemetery Tour will adhere to COVID safety protocols; please be mindful of social distancing and we strongly encourage all attendees to wear face masks. The rain date for the Cemetery Tour is Saturday, October 30 from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Parking is limited. Be sure to allocate extra time to find a parking space and check in. Please park in one of the following designated parking lots or nearby side streets if the lots are full: Gunn Library parking lot at 5 Wykeham Road or Washington Club Hall parking lot at 92 Green Hill Road.
Thank you to this year’s sponsors!:
Ericson Insurance Advisors
Klemm Real Estate
Paul Hirschauer at Guaranteed Rate
The Matthews Group
Union Savings Bank
William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty
Lighting generously provided by Big Wave Events, Inc.
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