Cemetery Tour!!! REALLY?
For the past two years, IHS has offered a day trip to an area historic cemetery. This last week, Jennifer Hiatt, IHS director of membership and annual giving, and I made a trip to Bedford to begin the plans for the 2013 IHS member trip we call "Grave Matters."
In 2011, we went to Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. The cemetery is gorgeous – a trend-setting cemetery for its time. The day we visited it was quite hot – more than 90 degrees. Everyone had a great time commiserating about the heat but enjoying the beauty of the site all the same.
In 2012, we visited Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. As the name implies, the cemetery has caves and plenty of hills. It was another fascinating and beautiful historic place.
People often wonder why some of us are so intrigued by cemeteries. They are filled with history, interesting stories of people with local and national importance, beautiful landscapes and buildings and great sculptures. What more could a history lover want?
In Bedford, Jennifer and I met with local historians, tourism and museum leaders to begin to lay out the plan for the Bedford portion of the trip. Bedford and Bloomington are in the limestone area of Indiana. As a part of next year’s trip, we have a limestone expert and stone carver as speakers and other interesting things planned.
Just after our meeting with the Bedford folks, Jennifer and I had lunch at the Stone Pig, a barbeque place on the courthouse square. Great food! Jennifer and I both had a pulled pork sandwich with a side. We didn’t talk much on the way back, but we had the contented smiles on our faces that follow a good and tasty meal!
Keep June 6, 2013, open for a wonderfully informative and interesting trip.
|Jeff Harris is director of Local History Services. He constantly travels the state for his job, giving him the opportunity to pursue his dream of finding the perfect mashed potatoes.|