The City of Covington will host Whisperings on Saturday, October 20, from 5 to 8 pm at Covington Cemetery No. 1.
Participants will be treated to a twilight tour of the historic cemetery, which dates back to Covington’s founding in 1813. With a medley of informative sign displays and character actors performing as notable historic figures from Covington’s past, guests will come away with a greater appreciation for the City’s rich cultural history and the unique architectural features found on some of the tombs, many of which date back to the 1820s. See the flyer on the back.
Special guest speaker will be historic preservationist Emily Ford. Ms. Ford has been active in cemetery preservation in southern Louisiana since 2009. She will speak on historic tombs, copings, monuments, and landscapes of historic cemeteries, and share techniques and tips for tomb restoration.
The event is sponsored by the City of Covington in partnership with the Covington Cemetery Board, an advisory group dedicated to the preservation and care of the city’s municipal cemeteries.
“We invite the community to come out and learn more about the fascinating history and rich cultural traditions contained within Cemetery No. 1,” said Jan Butler, chairwoman of the Covington Cemetery Board.
Covington Cemetery No. 1 is located at 608 N. Columbia Street, across from the Police Department. Led by volunteer “angel” guides, tours will be launched in 20-minute increments beginning at 5:30 pm, and the event is designed for audiences ages 12 and up. Tickets are $20 each, and may be purchased online at bontempstix.com. Tickets will also be available at Covington City Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue, and the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire Street.