If you made a list of places that you were excited to go to, how high up would cemeteries be? Pretty close to the bottom, right? Well, be prepared to get excited to go to a cemetery. The Boca Raton Historical Society will be giving two walking tour of Boca Raton Cemetery on Oct. 29, sharing the stories of the Boca pioneers who are buried there. Tour guides will lead participants through the grounds only by the light of flashlights and glow sticks to enhance the spooky pre-Halloween vibe.
Palm Beach Cemetery is rich with local history. It has been moved three times since its founding in 1916, and contains the graves and mausoleums of many of Boca’s most notable people. One of the most important figures interred there is Harley Gates, who was the town’s first municipal judge and town historian. He also engaged in horticultural experiments on his Palmetto Park Plantation. Other notables buried in the cemetery include George Long, who was the city’s first de facto mayor, postmaster and water taxi operator, and Frank Chesebro, who was Boca’s biggest employer during the early 20th century.
This Halloween tour, in addition to being spooky fun, is a great way to connect with the larger-than-life characters of Boca’s pioneer era, who did whatever it took to make the city what it is today.
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