This fall, locals can take guided walking tours through Lake Charles history and visit historic spots where time lies still. On October 26, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., five Lake Charles cemeteries will be featured in a “Living History” Cemetery Tour where guests can hear stories of local iconic figures while visiting their final resting places.
Actors will dress in period attire and embody the lives of deceased historic figures from each of the five cemeteries. Guests will be guided throughout each cemetery as they listen to stories of the historic figures’ lives and their impacts on today’s Lake Charles. Larger-than-life figures such as historian Maude Reid, Professor J.E.L. Hoskins, Captain Daniel B. Goos, John Jacob Ryan – “The Father of Lake Charles”, Hollywood actor Juan Pla, and infamous murderess Toni Jo Henry and others will tell their life stories and their famed feats from their own perspectives.
Featured cemeteries will include: Bilbo Cemetery, located on Lakeshore Drive; Goos Cemetery and Huff and Thomas Cemetery, located on N. Shattuck Street near Goos Boulevard; Orange Grove and Graceland Cemeteries, located on Broad Street; and Catholic Cemetery, located on Common Street and Iris Street.
Guests will have the freedom to drive from cemetery to cemetery at their own pace. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at www.cemeterytourlc.eventbrite.com or at the Arts Council office at Central School. The event is supported by a SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau Tourism Marketing Grant from the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau and matching funds from an anonymous donor. Proceeds benefit the Arts Council of SWLA, which provides needed programs and events to support the arts in the region.
For more information, please contact Matt Young at 337-375-7373 or Erica McCreedy at 337-304-1798.