In planning a trip to Eureka Springs, I would doubt that most travelers have a visit to the Eureka Springs Cemetery on their list of “things to do.” But if you are fascinated with history, it’s a must do on your list any time of the year. The old tombstones have a voice of their own, they speak of times gone by, and families that created this Victorian town. Some of the names are barely legible but you can make out many of the dates that go back to the 1800’s. You will ask yourself, what would life have been like in Eureka Springs then? Who was this person? How did they make their living? Was it a large family? Some of the names you will recognize from the markings on the buildings in town.
Every year for the past seven years, some of our talented Eurekans have responded to that question by being a part of Voices from Eureka’s Silent City. The living history tour features live actors in period costumes portraying the early citizens of Eureka Springs who now reside in the silent city. You will walk through the cemetery stopping to hear the stories of some of Eureka’s former leaders, hooligans and gentle folk. The actors are all local Eurekans taking on the role of a member of the community in the 1800’s.
The event will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 30th and 31st. The guided walking tours begin at 5:30PM and leave every twenty minutes from the former Victoria Inn parking. There is no parking at the cemetery, but free parking and shuttle service will be provided from the former Victoria Inn. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. They may be purchased in advance at the Chamber of Commerce or the museum downtown at 95 South Main St. They will also be sold at the parking lot. The event is done to benefit the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.