Sharon Jager of Sharon’s Quilts portrayed Hannah McIntosh Cady at last year’s Living History Cemetery Tour.The real Hannah McIntosh Cady is pictured at 101 in 1909. She was the “Patron Saint” of the local chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution.

Local characters come to life on cemetery tour

By: 
Virginia Ransbottom

Meet the woman whose tragic death in 1916 forever connected her by folklore to the haunting of Eagle Creek golf course.

Her gravesite will be one of six stops on the Living History Cemetery Tour on Saturday, June 28, from 5 to 6:40 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Allegan.

This is the second cemetery walking tour sponsored by the Allegan County Historical Society that features actors portraying some of the residents of the cemetery who have colorful stories or impacts on Allegan County.

Last year’s event visited the gravesites of Perrigo Co. founder Luther Perrigo, philanthropist Marilla Griswold, University of Michigan’s national championship quarterback Harrison Samuel “Boss” Weeks, “Patron Saint” of the Daughter’s of the Revolution Hannah McIntosh Cady and beloved shoe cobbler Matt Havaich.

By popular demand, this year’s tour will include the legendary “Gypsy Queen” who met an untimely death in a gypsy camp at the Allegan County Fairgrounds in 1910.

We’ll be visiting the graves of some people who met tragic endings, a very rich man, a lady who was very important to the county for nonprofit funding and someone who was very important to Allegan and the Civil War,” said historical society vice president Amanda Strickfaden.

New this year—five of the six costumed actors are from the Allegan County Community Players.

Tours start at 5 p.m. and a new tour starts every 20 minutes with the last tour leaving at 6:40 p.m.

Advance tickets are required and can be purchased at Something Sweet, 109 Locust St., or at the Old Jail Museum, 113 Walnut St. Tickets are $8. Cash or check only.
 

For full story, pick up a copy of the June 26 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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