County Historical Society offers barn quilt, cemetery tours

In October, the CCHS will team up with the Barn Quilts of Carver County to host a bus tour of 10 barn quilt sites. On Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., join this tour of Carver County’s only “open-air folk art gallery.” The bus will stop at each site, with opportunities to get up and walk around, and will be a guided tour, led by Barn Quilts staff. The bus will stop at Lola’s Lakehouse for lunch (cost of lunch not included in the cost of the tour). The bus is limited to 40 passengers, so sign up soon! Contact the CCHS at (952) 442-4234 for details or to register.

New exhibit

A new display at the CCHS, “Customs of Death and Dying,” explores the traditions surrounding death, mourning rituals, and dying, focusing on the customs of Carver county. This free display will open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. and remain open through March 2. During that time, the display will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Cemetary Tour
In conjunction with the “Customs of Death and Dying” display, the CCHS will host a tour of two local county cemeteries and visit the tombs of the famous and not so famous throughout county history.

This tour will start from the CCHS at noon on Saturday, Oct. 13. Visitors can view the display, then caravan to the cemeteries. The event is free to members and $1 per person for non-members.

• How to Read a Tombstone (or “Written on Stone”): Also in conjunction with “Death and Dying,” the CCHS will lead a family day at the Waconia Public Cemetary. This event will focus on tombstones: their symbols, messages, and what they can tell us about those buried beneath them.

See some unusual headstones and those of a few history making Carver County residents.

This tour will begin at the cemetery at 10 a.m. The cost is free to non-members and $1 per person for non-members.