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Posted on: May 18, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Historic Story County Cemetery Tour is June 2

Join Story County Conservation for a historic cemetery tour in June. The program will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 2, at the Story County Conservation Center located at McFarland Park (56461 180th Street) northeast of Ames. The fee for the tour is $5.00 per person, and pre-registration with payment is required by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30.

The program incorporates interesting information about pioneer era gravestones while touring several of Story County’s old cemeteries. This year the Peoria City, Day, Arrasmith, White Oak, Woodland, and Center Grove cemeteries will be toured. Participants will learn about gravestone symbolism as well as other facts about pioneers and the places where they were laid to rest.

Participants should bring water to drink and a sack lunch. Light to moderate hiking may be involved; long pants are recommended since some cemeteries may be overgrown with parsnip or poison ivy. Space is limited, so register today! The return time of 3:00 p.m. is approximate.

To register, or for more information about this or other programs, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), email, or visit

Story County Conservation manages more than 3,000 acres of parks and natural areas, including lakes, campgrounds, and trails. The Environmental Education staff serves Story County schools and the public with interpretive and informational programs for all ages. No individual will be excluded from events conducted by Story County Conservation because of a disability or impairment. To request accommodations to participate, contact Story County Conservation.

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