North Adams, MA - Local historian Paul W. Marino has announced the first of his Historical Walks for the summer of 2008, a tour of Hillside Cemetery in North Adams, to be held on Saturday, June 7. At 210 years old, Hillside is North Adams oldest municipal cemetery and the final resting place of many of the citys earliest movers and shakers. These include an attorney who invented a braking system for trains, a personal friend of two U.S. Presidents, an eye-witness to President Lincolns delivery of the Gettysburg Address, and a humble blacksmith who died a heros death in the excavation of the Hoosac Tunnel. Hillside is also home a fabulous array of fine stonework, from elaborately carved headstones to the breathtaking tree that marks the Isbell lot. Whether your taste is local history or fine art, the Hillside Walk is not to be missed.
An experienced guide, Marino conducts his Walks with a fine sense of showmanship, backing up what he says with an array of photos, maps and a sense of humor. Marino especially wants to see children brought on his Walks. "History is the story of where we come from," he says. "And local history is the story of where North Adamsand its peoplecome from. Adults find it interesting, but kids NEED to hear these stories." This Hillside Cemetery Walk is especially suitable for children, covering only the north side of the cemetery, and concluding with a treasure hunt.
The Walk starts at 2:30pm at the top of the hill off Brown Street. Interested persons are advised to wear a good pair of walking shoes, sun-block and a hat with a wide brim. They should carry a canteen or bottle of water and be prepared to have their ears talked off.
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