Westfield Cemetery Tour is Friday, Saturday

WESTFIELD — Friday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 25, the Westfield Cemetery on Academy Street will welcome the return of some select residents. The venue will be lit with tiki torches, lending an ethereal glow as you walk or ride a horse drawn carriage to visit these citizens. An accompanying guide will reveal bits of history about our town and the returnees will regale us with recollections of their lives.

The Patterson Library, Lake Shore Center for the Arts, The Westfield Cemetery Association, the Chautauqua County Historical Society and the Westfield Barcelona Chamber of Commerce are working together to bring this event to you. There will be parking on Academy Street where you will be welcomed and presented a lantern for the tour and then to keep. You will be directed to the staging area at the large blue tent where the tour begins and refreshments of hot chocolate, warm cider with spiced wine and cookies will be served. At the reserved time of your tour you will travel through the cemetery, greeted by historical figures who are part of the fabric of Westfield.

Tickets for this event are available online http:/giveButter.com/westfield2021. If needed, the library staff can help you to make your reservation. These tickets are for specific times, with horse and carriage rides on the hour and walking tours twice an hour. The event begins at 6 p.m., with the last tour leaving the staging area at 9 p.m.

This event is being sponsored by Basil Chevrolet of Fredonia, Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate and Johnson Estate Winery. Please support these businesses as they support our community.

In 2019 these groups began what was meant to be an annual fundraiser. Due to COVID-19, last year’s event was not possible. These organizations have come together with renewed energy to resume this popular event. Due to the recent rise in COVID cases, organizers require masking for all participants riding in the carriage and they request that those walking keep a safe distance from the actors.


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