The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County will host its annual Lunch in the Cemetery at Rosedale Cemetery in Pembroke on June 1, 2013 at 1pm. Come out to tour the tombstones and learn about some of Pembroke’s most colorful, historic residents. Special guests include a Civil War veteran, a prison warden, a school teacher, a newspaper correspondent, and more! A summer picnic lunch of fried chicken with appropriate fixin’s and dessert will be provided, but we recommend you bring your own chair or blanket.
In 1997, the Museum began its annual Supper in the Cemetery event in an effort to tell the story of our community and of the personalities who have made it such an interesting place in a unique and creative way. By pulling up a chair and enjoying a meal on the grounds of a graveyard, one truly gets a sense of the history and of the beauty of the landscape. As the event has evolved over the years, we have incorporated actors to depict some of the dearly departed for our guests. Nothing beats learning about someone from a first-person perspective!
Rosedale Cemetery began as the family burial ground for the Garnett family. In 1890, the trustees of the town of Pembroke purchased two acres of land, including the family resting place, from W.W. and J.P. Garnett to establish the community cemetery. Tradition holds that the name Rosedale was the name of the Garnett farm from which the cemetery was created. The graveyard continues to serve as the primary burial spot for Pembrokians.
So, join us at Rosedale Cemetery to support the Museum and its mission to collect, preserve, and share our county’s history by attending this unique event!
Ticket prices include lunch and other-worldly entertainment: $15.00 general admission; $13.00 for Museum members. Reservations are required. Call the Museum at (270) 887-4270 to make a reservation or for more information.