Union Democrat staff

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s second annual living history tour of the cemetery at 151 W. Lytton St. maintained by the Sonora Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Tours of the cemetery will be given each hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Denine Urquhart, cemetery manager, said tickets are still available for the tours, which begin at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Each ticket costs $15.

Urquhart said all proceeds will be spent on care and maintenance of the historic cemetery that was established in 1856.

Actors dressed in period costumes will tell stories about the people buried at the cemetery, which includes Sonora native and renowned attorney Melvin Belli as well as a number of the area’s pioneer families.

The Odd Fellows Lodge launched an adopt-a-grave program in 2014 to help spruce up the cemetery that had fallen into disrepair due to multiple vandalisms and a lack of resources for ongoing maintenance.

Urquhart said participation in the program has waned, but last year’s living history tour brought in enough money to help the group pay for weed removal and other maintenance needs.

Visitors are advised to wear footwear that’s appropriate for the uneven ground at the cemetery.

Tickets for the tours can be purchased online at www.ioofsonora.org/Events-.html or by calling (209) 536-8939.



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