Monday, June 13, 2005

Free history walk on Saturday in North Adams

Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 16:49:40 -0400
From: Rod Bunt <>
Subject: Another Free City History Walk!

Local Historian Paul W. Marino has announced the next in his series of
Historical Walks for the summer of 2004. This will be a Cemetery Walk, to
be held in Hillside Cemetery on Saturday, June 18. The Walk will cover the
north section only, and is especially suitable for children and families.
At 205 years old, Hillside is North Adams' oldest municipal cemetery, its
second oldest existing cemetery, and its third oldest overall. Many of the
city's founders and shapers are buried there, including the town's first
Postmaster, and its first millionaire and a man who was a personal friend
to two U.S. Presidents. A physician who established a school in is
Hillside, along with the first local educator to have a school named for
him, and the only woman to be so honored; an attorney who invented a
railroad brake, and a man who died a hero's death in the construction of
the Hoosac Tunnel, a local man who was an eye-witness to President
Lincoln's delivery of the Gettysburg Address, and a world-famous
archaeologist. Rich in history, Hillside is equally rich in fine
stonework, including the several statues, the breath-taking Isbell
monument. Two monuments are registered with the Smithsonian Institute,
through the Save Outdoor Sculpture program; one of these---the John Henry
Haynes marker---is most likely the only one of its kind in the world. The
Walk starts at 2:30 PM at the top of the hill off Brown Street. Interested
persons are advised to dress for the weather. They should wear a hat with
a wide brim and good pair of walking shoes, and carry a canteen or a
bottle of water, and bring an extra pair of ears, since Paul will talk off
the first pair! In addition, they should remember to bring any children
they have handy, as this Walk is especially suitable for them, and
concludes with a treasure hunt. For more information, please call
663-3809, or email


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