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Village Cemetery Tour: Women’s Lives in the 19th Century

October 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Village Cemetery

Peterborough’s Village Cemetery is a Victorian era cemetery that documents the lives of Peterborough townspeople from the 1830s to the early 1900s. On this women’s history themed tour, we will examine women’s lives during the Victorian period. As we explore the graveyard, guests will learn about women’s roles during this time and hear the stories of wives, mothers, workers and even an abolitionist.

Among the women we will ‘meet’ on the tour are Fanny Smith, a local abolitionist, Elmira and Elvira Fife, twin sisters who worked at the Phoenix Mill, and Kate Cummings and Sophia Scott, two women who lost their lives during the Civil War.

The Village Cemetery also has a rich variety of gravestones and gravestone symbolism. While we are exploring the women’s history found here, we will also discuss 19th century mourning and memorial practices and symbolism.

The tour is free but registration is required. This walk is limited to 20 participants.

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Guests should wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for uneven terrain. The tour is approximately 90 minutes. The tour will be held rain or shine. In the event of thunderstorms, the tour will be rescheduled and registrations will be honored for the new date.

Participants should meet at the Village Cemetery on Concord Street. Parking is along the street.

Face masks are required and guests must respect social distancing. We thank you for doing your part to keep everyone safe and healthy.

This year, the Monadnock Center is pleased to present several programs focused on women’s history to celebrate the centennial of the 19th amendment. Michelle Stahl, the center’s executive director, will lead the programs.


October 3
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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