The Wicked Cemetery Tour at Robinson Township Cemetery looks at the township’s “wicked” and “notorious” residents and crimes, and more. The event will take place 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday.
“There are so many great stories from our community,” said Jeanette Weiden, of Loutit District Library’s history and genealogy department. “It was natural to add Robinson Township Cemetery. I hope to do one for all our local cemeteries.”
It’s the first time the Robinson Township location will be part of the tours.
Since 2012, Weiden and author Amberrose Hammond have conducted the cemetery tours. They started in Lake Forest Cemetery and added Grand Haven Township Historic Cemetery two years ago.
The tours started when Hammond wrote a book titled “Wicked Ottawa County, Michigan.”
“I helped her do some research and I was hooked,” Weiden said. “At the same time I was doing Civil War cemetery tours and I thought it would be fun to share these ‘wicked’ stories in a tour.”
Research for the tours has been done using the Grand Haven Tribune, other Michigan newspapers and Ancestry.com “to fill in the blanks,” Weiden said.
Between 60 and 80 people usually attend the tours.
Weiden said it’s hard to say what she enjoys the most about the tours.
“I love research,” she said. “It’s a big puzzle, but first you have to find all the pieces before the story can be put together. I also love sharing the stories.”
The Wicked Grand Haven Historic Township Cemetery Tour will take place Sept. 13. The Wicked Lake Forest Cemetery Tour is scheduled for Oct. 4. Both will start at 6 p.m. and are weather permitting.
Want to go?
What: Wicked Robinson Township Cemetery Tour
Where: Robinson Township Cemetery, 10780 N. Cedar Drive
When: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30