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Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - Residents are invited to take a "A Walk among the Tombstones" at Mound View Cemetery Sunday afternoon. The free, guided walking tour will showcase actors portraying and telling the stories of persons buried in the cemetery who played roles in early Mount Vernon and World War 1.

The focus is on early settlers including Elizabeth Curtis Hogg who will be portrayed by Cate Blair Wilhelm. Hogg was born in England and came to the frontier of Pennnsylvania with her family after the Revolultion. The Hogg family started the first bank west of the Alleghenies. She married Henry Curtis and moved to Mount Vernon in 1823 and had a signed premarital agreement which gave her full control of her own money.

James Williams, portrayed by Jon Tazewell, was an ex-slave who joined the Union army at Vicksburg. He made his way to Mount Vernon after the Civil War and became a prominent barber in the community. He is buried in Potter's field at the cemetery.

Two World War 1 soldiers will be portrayed as well. Charles Campbell will be played by his descendant Dr. John Fowler and Dan Curtis Stone will be played by Steve Kelley.

The free tours begin at 1 p.m. and the last tour starts at 3:30 p.m. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours. The event is free. Visitors can park across the street at The Dairy. There is no handicapped access for this tour.

Sponsors for the cemetery tour include: KnoxPages.com, Black Cat Creative, Daughters of the American Revolution, Knox County Democratic Women, Knox County Landmarks Foundation, Main Street Mount Venron, MTVarts, Printing Arts Press, Psi Iota Xi, Town & Country Garden Club, and WAM Group of the Knox County Fair Board.

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