As the bewitching season approaches, we invite you to join us on St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre’s next day trip, “Touchstones to Our Past,” on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. We will spend the day visiting some of St. Louis’ most famous graveyards.
The tour begins as we drive through beautiful Bellefontaine Cemetery. Established in 1849, the cemetery sprawls over 327 acres in North St. Louis. See the gravesites of William Clark, Thomas Hart Benton, Adolphus Busch and many other notables. Learn the history of the “rural garden cemetery” movement, and admire large family mausoleums. We continue the tour through the 1857 Calvary Cemetery and will visit the gravesites of Dred Scott, Tennessee Williams and General William Tecumseh Sherman, among others.
Enjoy a delicious lunch at Grbic restaurant, which specializes in European and Balkan cuisine. Tour participants will enjoy salad, beef goulash over spatzle, bread, plus a beverage and dessert. After lunch, visit the New Mount Sinai Cemetery, the largest Jewish cemetery in the region. Learn about Jewish burial customs and traditions and see family mausoleums for the St. Louis department store magnates. Afterwards, tour Jefferson Barracks National Military Cemetery, one of the largest military cemeteries in the U.S. More than 150,000 servicepersons and their spouses are buried here.
The bus departs from the west parking lot of St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., at 8 a.m. and returns at approximately 4 p.m. This tour involves very little walking. The cost is $79 and includes transportation, lunch, gratuities and donations.