RAIN DATE, SUNDAY OCTOBER 7TH AT 2;00 PM
On April 6th, 1917, the United States declared War on Germany and entered the first World War.
The great war had run its course for 3 years, with the European powers fighting to a stalemate in the trenches. The United States decision to enter the War turned the tide for the allied forces.
A year and 7 months later the General Armistice was announced on November 11th 1918, and the world was never the same again.
Pond Street Cemetery Historic Walking Tour
Join us on Saturday, October 6th at 2:00 pm for a guided Walking Tour and World War I Memorial Observance. The tour will feature the following events and buried residents:
- WWI - Post 86, American Legion honoring Sgt. William Wallace Dyer, and Pvt. John Crosby Bridgham, who died October 5, 1918, 1 month before the end of the War.
- Civil War - Casualties and survivors from the 1860-1865 Civil War.
- Braintree Fire - Chief Perkins, the Braintree Fire Chief along with several other firefighters from the 19th century.
Dave Crispin will be your guide, he will give you the real stories behind the gravestones from WWI soldiers, Civil War veterans, to Braintree firefighters and more. You’ll meet live character actors who portray Braintree residents buried in the cemetery. Stores and actors include:
- Mary Jane Dyer - Who donated the Organ for the Old South Congregational Church along with her husband Ben.
- Timothy Libby - A civil War Veteran, and erected the only Zinc headstone in Braintree.
- Suzanna Porter - The first burial in the Pond Street Cemetery in 1830
with a donation suggested to help pay for the opening of the new resource center on October 18th, 2018.