High Street Cemetery Tour

by Danielle Maerlender

On October 29, 2015, two museum internship students from the College at Brockport, Emily Fleming and Katie Nguyen, gave a  Halloween tour of the High Street Cemetery informing the community of select individuals who were laid to rest there and their importance to Brockport, NY. Fannie Barrier Williams, Mary J. Holmes, William Henry Seymour and Hiel Brockway are a few among others that were focused on during the tour.

The two spent the prior months researching and learning of Brockport’s past within the Emily L. Knapp Museum, using its collection as guidance. Although the weather was cold and eerie, perfect for the Halloween setting, the event was deemed a success with nearly 50 visitors in attendance. Following the tour, candy was passed out and verbal gratuities were expressed to those who attended and to the Emily L. Knapp Museum and its volunteers for their help throughout the research process and planning of the event.

Published by Emily L Knapp Museum

The Emily L. Knapp Museum is a municipal museum associated with the Village of Brockport. The museum is located on the second and third floors in the former home of one of Brockport’s most prominent families, the Seymours, while the first floor contains the Village of Brockport offices. Those who visit Brockport’s collection of local history will feel they’ve entered a time when the Erie Canal was the bustling commercial center of this Victorian village: when ladies wore high-laced shoes and skirts that scraped the slate sidewalks, and the gentlemen sported tall silk hats; when phonographs and stereopticon views as well as novels by our famed authoress, Mary Jane Holmes, entertained the masses. Don’t take our word for it, see for yourself.

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