‘Stories worth remembering’

Block Island Cemetery tours
Sat, 08/12/2017 - 6:15am

The one thing that Karin Sprague wants to emphasize as she takes visitors on her Full Moon Cemetery Tours is that the people she guides on the tours are not visiting some touristy, casual destination. She calls the land at the Block Island Cemetery “sacred ground,” and the headstones each tell the story of someone who lived, no matter how long they lived, and that these lives are worth remembering. There are individuals who died as children, as did the young man simply remembered as “Our Lester” — age 11 — to those who lived to be more than 100 years of age.

Sprague, a stone carver who runs Karin Sprague Stone Carvers out of North Scituate, reminds people that the headstones are not so sacred that they can’t be touched, or that the craftsmanship that went into creating the memorials can’t be appreciated. “These are hand-carved,” said Sprague. “It’s not prevalent today.” The markings on the individual headstones are also not random symbols, Sprague said. “People are expressing their world travels,” she said. “These are beautiful stories.”

The tours are assisted by Block Island Historical Museum staff. 

The next tour is "Eternal Poetry" on Aug. 24, 2017 at 7 p.m. Meet at cemetery entrance. For more information call (401) 466-2481. 

— Lars Trodson