Historic cemetery tours return for Forest Grove's sesquicentennial
Forest Grove residents from centuries past are returning to celebrate the city's 150th anniversary.
On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Friends of Historic Forest Grove will host a tour of Forest View Cemetery with actors standing next to their characters' grave to share bits of their life stories.
"We're in the graveyard, but I promise we're not trying to scare you. It's all about history," volunteer organizer Cherie Tintary said. "With Forest Grove celebrating the sesquicentennial celebration, it just felt like the perfect time to bring this back."
Plans for the Forest View Cemetery, which last held a similar historical tour in 2017, started in 1843 and the first person was buried there in 1852. The city was incorporated in October 1872. The Friends of Historic Forest Grove, which operates the museum in the old train station on 19th Avenue, is selling a calendar to celebrate the 150th anniversary.
During the tours, the cast of 10 characters includes Nellie Owens Kirry (1869-1949), one of the inspirations for Nellie Oleson of "Little House on the Prairie" as well as famous suffragists Samantha Coleman (1852-1939) and Myrtle Pease Hatfield (1873-1913), who fought for the right to vote for women in Oregon. Nettie Shipley Haines (1866-1940) and Syrian-American Pacific University professor Abdullah Alexis Ben Kori (1884-1925) also will make appearances.
Tour will run every half-hour from noon until 5 p.m., and tickets will go on sale at fhfg.org Sept. 7 at FHFG.org and may sell out.
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