Montpelier: Historic Tree Grove Features Voices From The Past

By Jenifer Manlove – THE VILLAGE REPORTER

Sandra Gordon started Voices from the Past in 2003. After a trip to Gettysburg in 2001, she wanted to bring her experience back home. Gettysburg has haunted tours of the town, and her vision was to recreate something similar at Historic Tree Grove. Ms. Gordon started this adventure in 2003 in honor of Ohio’s Bicentennial and ran it through 2007. This year, in honor of the 150 Anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865) she is bringing it back. The Williams County Historical Society has provided their assistance with this year’s production.

This year’s costumed interpreters are Jim Thompson as a 19th Century Undertaker, Kelly Michael as Mary Lincoln and new this year are Kevin Motter and Don Allison as Civil War Soldiers. Diane Allison will be portraying a Civil War lady. Rebecca Platt will be raising funds for the Soldiers Aid Society in Williams County during the Civil War. The donations made to her table will be used to help protect and preserve Louden Cemetery.

The guided candlelight walking tour will be held on September 21 beginning at the Park Concession Stand and will leave at 7:00p and 8:15p. Tickets are available at the Montpelier Utility Office, Montpelier Library or can be purchased the night of the event. The cost of the tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for ages 13-18, while those 12 and under are free. Tours last about one hour and begin and end at the concession stand.

Jennifer Manlove may be reached at publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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