By Eva Potter
The Ellicottville Historical Society presents the second annual Jefferson Street Cemetery Walking Tour on Saturday, July 26, and you’ll actually be able to “meet” some of the inhabitants.
More than 15 actors and actresses will resurrect some of Ellicottville’s citizens by portraying them in period costumes as they talk about their lives long ago.
Two tour times — 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. — will be offered. Tickets will be available for purchase the day of the event at the Ellicottville Historical Museum on Washington Street (next to the post office). The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children (10 and under). Wagon rides will be provided to and from the cemetery.
Both the Ellicottville Historical Museum (2 Washington St.) and St. John’s Episcopal Church (at Jefferson and Washington streets) will be open to tour from 1–4 p.m. The United Church of Ellicottville (53 Elizabeth St.) will host an ice cream social open to all from 1–4 p.m.
The public is invited to a 5 p.m. joint service between St. John’s Episcopal Church and United Church of Ellicottville to be held at St. John’s. Many citizens buried in the Jefferson Street Cemetery attended these churches.
Proceeds of the event benefit the Jefferson Street Cemetery Fund, which helps pay for maintenance and beautification projects. An unveiling ceremony was held last November for the sign now in place listing the cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places.
Project manager Gail Carucci encourages people to take the informative tour to learn about some of the people who were instrumental in building Ellicottville. You’ll even be rewarded with a printed, old-fashioned newspaper memento to take home.