Group offers history tours at Spring Hill Cemetery


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    As we get closer to Halloween, some people might be taking a trip to the cemetery looking for that spooky feel.

    One group in Kanawha County is hoping to share the history of the ones who are laid to rest.

    Friends of Spring Hill Cemetery in Charleston is working to educate people on the history of the city and those who helped contribute to it.

    The group hopes to keep the cemetery a quiet place and a scenic park for the living.

    The cemetery park has grown to more than 150 acres and the complex is now the largest cemetery in West Virginia. Some of the people who are buried there include Charleston's first mayor, an African prince, salt industry pioneers and many others.

    “I’m just a history person, so I guess that draws me a great deal, just the history of the folks that are here and the history of even the monuments when you think about the art, what was accomplished with hand tools that we cannot replicate now with all the modern equipment,” Kaaren Ford, grounds chairman of the Friends of Spring Hill Cemetery Park said.

    There are three self-guided history tours that highlight important historical figures. Many people like to bird watch, walk their dog or just admire the view of downtown Charleston while walking through the cemetery.

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