~~~ Heritage Cemetery Walk
3 April 2010
East Hill Cemetery, Palestine, Texas

The First Annual Heritage Cemetery Walk featured six costumed actors telling the story of founds and early settlers of Palestine. Stories were historically accurate. Others served as tour guides, ticket takers, or parking attendants and were costumed to portray a former citizen.
Tour groups gather at entrance to begin Cemetery Walk.
After a brief welcome message, the tour begins, some with transportation provided.
D.J. Price (Rudy Ramirez) greets Carol Herrington.
?? instructs Charlotte Cooke (Anna Lang) in green dress and ?? who make sure visitors have programs.
And then walk up the road for the first stop.
Mary Kate Hunter, (poet, Musician, suffragist, and historian) is the first stop on tour. (portrayed by Toni Smith)
Miss Hunter was very active in the Palestine and Texas Equal Suffrage Associations about 1915-16, holding classes to teach women how to vote, and how to evaluate candidates. She taught music and piano in Palestine. She organized a group of 52 charter members of the Woman's National Foundation, whose emphasis was the study of local history. In 1927 she organized the Fort Houston Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, which collected and donated rare Texas history books to the Palestine Carnegie Library.
Charles Eppner is portrayed
by Garland Cotton
Ronnie Hatfield
(Father/daughter Jerry and Anna Lang) portray W.G.W Jowers and Charlotte Cooke.
"Charles A Sterne",(Forrest Bomar)
businessman and civic leader,
born in Nacogdoches, 1830.
Mr. Sterne served in the Civil War, had many civic positions in Palestine, and at age 95, was the oldest inhabitant of Texas when he died in 1926.
Sterne's first wife was Sarah Mallard Finch.
Bess Reagan Ferguson (above) portrayed by Jude Vurgason
Sarah Eleanor Jane Cartmell, businesswoman and philanthropist (Mary Barnhart). She was born in England, and in 1879, the family emigrated to Canada, then to Anderson Co, Texas, where they bought a farm. The family faced many lean years, until oil was discovered on the land. She enjoyed gardening, fishing and traveling.
Alfred was Sarah's brother, who bought property in Palestine and Anderson County, where oil was discovered.
As stated on her tombstone, she was much concerned with CHARITY for children and the elderly. She donated money for the proper medical care for children, through several children's hospitals in Texas. Her estate established the Cartmell Home in 1959 for aged Texas Citizens.
Costumed tour guide Rose Foley Deming (Beverly Odom)
and George E. Dilley (Scott Holden)
Monument to George E. Dilley, industralist and civic leader. His father established an iron foundry in Palestine, with George as his partner at age 16. The foundry operated from 1873 to 1940. The foundry provided services to the railroad, and expanded to service saw mills, cotton gins, oil field equipment, and other things of metal.
??? man in black
Christopher Columbus Rogers, better known as Chris,(Gary Oliver) joined the Confederacy at age 15. Guarded prisoners at Camp Ford. Elected Town Marshall in 1873 in Palestine, which was a somewhat wild railroad town, his challenge was to clean up the town to be safe for "decent people". This earned him respect and gratitude.
Heritage Cemetery Walk brings to life costumed characters to portray some of the fascinating people
who built the progressive, historic city of Palestine, Texas.

These pictures were taken on this Heritage Cemetery Walk, by Dorothy Odom Bruce.
Information on this web page from the Program provided during the Walk.

Plan to attend the Second Annual Heritage Cemetery Walk, on 02 April 2011,
during Dogwood Trails, featuring more historic figures from Palestine's past.
Anderson County Texas Heritage Festival Inc. is the primary sponsoring organization.
Participation also by Anderson County Historical Commission and Palestine Library.

Thanks to
Eve's Graphic Gallery
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updated 18 Apr 2010 ~ dob