8th Lantern Walk at Rumbarger Cemetery

September 02, 2015 at 1:27 PM

 lantern_logo_use.jpg           The spirits reside where the DuBois Area Historical Society will hold its 8th Annual Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk on Saturday, October 10.

            “This year’s walk will take us through Rumbarger Cemetery,” said Tom Schott, chair of the Lantern Walk. “It is one of DuBois’ oldest landmarks and is filled with great stories about the people who are buried there and their historic relation to DuBois. The Society is grateful to the Rumbarger Cemetery Preservation Society and Penn Highlands DuBois for their cooperation in making this walk possible.”

            Admission to the Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk is $5 for adults and $3 for students, with children sixth grade and younger free if accompanied by an adult. All proceeds benefit the DuBois Area Historical Society. The program is suitable for all ages.

           The first tour will leave from the atrium of Penn Highlands DuBois at 5 p.m. and leave every 20 minutes thereafter. To make advance reservations for a specific walk time, telephone 814-371-4627 between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. starting September 21. Tour groups will be limited to 20 people. Walk-ins are also welcome and will be assigned to the next available tour. The walk is a little less than a mile and will last a little over an hour.

        “We want to remind everyone attending the tours that most of it will be in Rumbarger Cemetery,” said Schott. “That means uneven ground and some uphill walking will be involved. It is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers. All are reminded that pets are not permitted in the cemetery.”

         During the walk those attending will encounter ten “spirits” who will relate history about themselves or the area. Performing this year are:  Darius Clement, Mel Amhrein, Levi Thompson, Beecher Klingensmith, John “Herm” Suplizio, Nancy Rosman, Caleb Thompson, Sue Stapleton, Tom Shade, and Carolyn Rhoades.

         Last year’s walk drew 258 people. The first seven years of the activity have drawn 1,378 people.



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