|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?