Take a step into Bedford’s history

To the Editor:

Calling all history buffs, veterans, students and curiosity seekers! On Sept. 9, at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Friends of Bedford Cemeteries will provide free tours of one of New Hampshire’s most fascinating sites: Back River Road Cemetery.

Step into the 18th century and learn about Bedford’s early residents who fought in the French and Indian Wars and the Revolution. We’ll talk of spies, captives and smugglers, the man who dared resist, the still unexplained “day of darkness,” Bedford’s Indiana Jones and true stories of battles and bravery.

Back River Road Cemetery is located about one-third mile south of Peter Woodbury school, diagonally across from Tirrell Road (cemetery is not visible from road). Park on Tirrell Road. Watch for traffic when crossing Back River Road. Bring a hat (no shade in the cemetery), wear long pants and sturdy shoes. No dogs. No children under age 8. The cemetery is atop a small steep hill and has uneven grounds so the tour may not be suitable for anyone with mobility, balance or breathing problems. Each tour is approximately 1.4 hours. Tours may be canceled for inclement weather; check our website: www.bedfordcemeteries.org and follow the link on left. Friends of Town of Bedford Cemeteries is a 501(c)(3) charity.

Julia Schappals