Thomaston founding fathers cemetery tour
Thomaston — Most people know about Thomaston sea captains Samuel Watts, George I. Robinson and Edward O’Brien. Also familiar are Gen. Henry Knox, Sen.John Ruggles and Congressman Jonathan Cilley. But there were many other people who had a profound effect on the development of Thomaston. They ran local businesses, established churches, built houses, educated their children and invested in the town’s future.
These people are buried in the Elm Grove Cemetery and the public will get a chance to learn about these early residents who, while not as well-known, are equally admired as people who helped to shape the town of Thomaston.
On Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. there will be docent-led tours of the resting places of these people. At each gravesite being featured, a member of the historical society will be stationed to explain the life and times of the person buried there, including personal details of their lives and times and events for which they are best known.
Knowing the variances in Maine weather, the alternate rain date will be the next day, Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Past president and present historian of the Thomaston Historical Society, Margret McCrea, is the person in charge of this event and the originator of the idea to conduct this tour.
People of all ages are invited to attend. Apple cider and doughnuts will be served. Please dress warmly with walking shoes appropriate for traversing the uneven ground. The Elm Grove Cemetery is located on Erin Street.