The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s First State Heritage Park’s lantern tours of The Green and three of Dover’s cemeteries will entertain with stories from Dover’s history at 8 p.m. on Fridays during fall.
The tour schedule:
— Old Methodist Cemetery on Sept. 7 and Oct. 12. The stories of those buried in this historic cemetery help reveal the meanings behind the rituals associated with death and mourning in the 19th-century, as guests are guided among the ornately decorated tombstones of the Wesley United Methodist Church’s old historic cemetery. Meets at Johnson Victrola Museum parking lot, 375 S. New St., Dover.
— Christ Episcopal Churchyard on Sept. 21. Attendees will encounter characters from the past to hear not only tales of the tombstones, but also tales of those who are laid to rest within the walls of the churchyard. Meets at Christ Church, 523 S. State St., Dover.
— The Dover Green on Sept. 28. Attendees will join historical interpreters from the First State Heritage Park dressed in colonial attire as they relate the stories of Dover. Meets at the John Bell House, 43 The Green, Dover.
— Presbyterian Churchyard Cemetery on Oct. 5. Attendees will visit the Presbyterian Church of Dover’s cemetery by lantern light, where prominent Delawareans and their families are buried. Meets at the Johnson Victrola Museum parking lot.
Admission to lantern tours is $10. Lantern tours canceled due to inclement weather will not be rescheduled.
To reserve a lantern, call 739-9194.