Tours of historic cemetery on tap

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 28, 1999

Drama, tragedy, mystery, romance, Humor: All of these stories are interred in the Historic Natchez City Cemetery. And on All Saints’ weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. tours of the cemetery will be given by Don Estes, director of the cemetery, Bee Byrnes and Sarah Tillman.

In addition to the old favorites often visited by those touring the historic burial site, visits will be made to the gambling Chinaman, tragic Octavia Docker, mistress of Goat Castle, mysterious Louise the unfortunate and the gravesite of Louis Lawrence, whose great love for his deceased wife brought him to her grave daily for 24 years. When he died he was buried in the same grave. Unusual and old monuments will also be visited.

The second annual fundraiser, sponsored by the Friends of the Cemetery, will offer the tours, and on Sunday include a rose and refreshments, for $10 per person and $15 per family. The refreshments will be furnished by the friends of the cemetery, Natchez Coca-Cola bottling Co. and Laird Funeral Home.

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Advance tickets are available at Brown Barnett Dixon’s on Main Street, the cemetery shelter house or on the days of the tours at the main entrance gate at the cemetery. They are also available at the Natchez Visitors Center on Canal Street.