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Annual Timeless Tales Set for Oct. 18 & 19

The Timeless Tales of Fairview Cemetery will be Oct. 18 & 19 from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Tours are every 15 minutes and last 45 minutes. Pre-registration is required.

The tour guide this year will be Clara Elizabeth Larson; a tough, remarkable, and pioneering businesswoman who rose to prominence as a corporate officer of New Britain’s largest hardware manufacturer in 1942. Larson will tell you of life in New Britain in the 1940s – from big band music and popular culture to the war effort – while guiding you through Fairview to meet this year’s featured residents.

Watch as two of New Britain’s first residents, Reverend John Smalley and Captain Gad Stanley, face off about joining the Revolutionary War. Hear Dr. Corinne Vahlstrom Newton recall her father’s many years of public service in New Britain, as she makes house calls to underprivileged children in her VW Beetle. Visit Thelma Pierson. Steele and her husband Howard Merritt Steele, who helped to pioneered the modern automobile sales industry in New Britain. Walk with Civil War drummer boy Joseph H. White, who reportedly was the youngest to be officially enlisted in the Union Army. And meet a very important guest (President Abraham Lincoln) and his friend James Burtis Merwin, while gazing through a window in time back to the day of April 14, 1865. A day full of celebration tragically ends with the loss of one of the most famous men in American history.

Tickets are on sale at the parks and recreation office, room 302 in City Hall, 27 West Main St. For more information call 860-826-3360. It is sponsored by Stanley Black and Decker. Appropriate for ages 7 and up.

Tickets are $12 and usually sell out.