Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What do you know about your own town?

Missoula Stories & Stones Re-enactment

Angie here:

I love learning about towns I visit. My husband and I will take ghost tours, walking tours, underground tours... you name it, we enjoy the immersion into the history of a town. We carry the stories back with us and share them around meals and with friends. But the one thing people forget to do is tour their own town.

What do you know about your own town?

I've had a wonderful time taking my kids on homeschool adventures exploring the oldest homestead in our area. But one of my favorite local tourism experiences is our cemetery. Surprised? Every October, the last Sunday, our town has residents that dress in costume and stand near the headstone of a famous (or infamous) historic person buried in the Missoula Cemetery.

The Stories & Stones Walking Tour happens in two cemeteries. One has the actors and the other has a handout self-guided walking tour-no costumed presentations but still interesting. I've been to both and would go back again to learn about the founding fathers, mothers, and interesting history that made our country so unique.

If you'd like to attend, it's only for one day. The last Sunday in October usually noon-3pm. There are food booths, coffee carts, and even a wonderful fire pit. Bundle up for the chill and scrunch through the gorgeous fall leaves all over the ground. It's one day you'll remember and be glad you adventured out come rain or shine...usually rain ;)

This is a wonderful way to inspire my story-telling, but also to build my sense of belonging. History, fun, people that care all rolled into an unusual afternoon tromping around an old cemetery. Love it!

But tell me, what do you know about your own town?


  1. We have The Talking toombstone tour in Weatherford Texas on the afternoon of the 3rd Saturday every October.
    Costumed presenters and tour guides. Lots of fun. I have vouluteered for the past 2 years.

  2. That would be a fun tour! I'd so do that :)

  3. I enjoyed your pictures too Angie. Love it. I'm trying to get out more - visiting historic sites and reading more about them. I finally visited the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta a few years back. I'd like to do that again.

  4. I'd love to see that house. One of my favorite things to do is tour the cities I visit, but especially the historic homes, underground tours, and graveyard tours. Fascinating history!