LEWISTON, Maine — The Garcelon Cemetery on Ferry Road in South Lewiston has tales to tell â€“ a flood that washed out graves and left a field of bobbing pumpkins, Huguenot settlers from Guernsey who pioneered the area more than two centuries ago, early settlers who wrested farms from a wilderness and helped found what is now a city.
The Androscoggin Historical Society will sponsor a tour of the cemetery at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.
Tour leaders will be Doug Hodgkin, a retired professor of political science at Bates College who has written several books about local history, and David Garcelon, a retired land surveyor and civil engineer who is a descendent of the original settlers of Lewiston and has done extensive research into his family history. Both men have ancestors buried in the cemetery.
They will tell stories of the fabled Garcelon family, of participants in the Civil War, the effects of the year without a summer, and the solved mystery of a missing gravestone. They note that the cemetery is one of the earliest burying grounds of Lewiston and includes the graves of some of the earliest town leaders and other inhabitants of South Lewiston.
The cemetery is located across from 286 Ferry Road. Directions are: follow Alfred Plourde Parkway south to River Road, follow River Road east until it becomes Ferry Road, and follow Ferry Road .4 miles to the cemetery on the left. Cotton Road is on the right.
Contact Name: Russ Burbank
Telephone Number: (207)784-8803