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Next Lanterns & Tombstones Tour coming July 7

From Mike Watson and Dave Thomas

The Fourth Tour of Season Two through the Historic Columbia Cemetery Walking Tour will take place Friday night in conjunction with Columbia's "To-the-Nines" downtown event. The tour will begin at 7pmCT on Friday, July 7, 2023. The Tour will form at the edge of the Judicial Center parking area at Monroe Street, and will proceed up the drive to the Historic Cemetery. We will return to the same location.

Dave Thomas and Mike Watson will lead participants through various parts of the 210+ year old graveyard, pointing out bits of interesting lore along the way.

This is a walking tour through the historic cemetery and participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and their enthusiasm. Small flashlights will be provided to aid you in winding your way on the Tour.

The Tour will take place each month throughout the year--April through September, culminating with the annual Silent City Tour of 2023. Each month the Tour and narration will be different from previous months. There will be some specific information repeated each month for emphasis and to inform those who have not previously been on the Tour.

Sponsored by the Adair Heritage Association, Adair Genealogical Society, and Adair County Public Library's Genealogy & History Research Center. For more information, email or call the Research Center at 270-380-1024 or

This story was posted on 2023-07-03 16:32:45
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Virginia Sparks Wonderling visiting this month

2023-07-12 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Gradyville native Virginia Sparks Wonderling of LaCrosse, WI is spending the month of July with her niece Jamie Shelley in Columbia. She visited with fellow ACHS graduate Joe Lynn Barbee and they all walked with the tour group at Friday night's Lanterns and Tombstones event led by Mike Watson and Dave Thomas. The ACHS class of 1962 will be getting together on July 19th in Lexington. She said to see Facebook for details of the upcoming event.

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