The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s First State Heritage Park will offer lantern tours of The Green and three Dover cemeteries at 8 p.m. Fridays from April 6 to June 1.
— Lantern tour of The Green: April 6 and May 11. Participants will join historical interpreters from the First State Heritage Park dressed in colonial attire as they relate the stories of historic Dover. Attendees will hear tales of an infamous resident of Dover’s jail, of fires that threatened the town, of poisonings and of love.
— Old Methodist Cemetery: May 4 and 25. In a new lantern tour, the stories of those buried in Wesley United Methodist Church’s cemetery help reveal the meanings behind the elaborate rituals associated with death and mourning in the 19th century. Attendees can uncover the meanings of the funeral art that decorates the tombstones of the high and low alike and what those symbols might reveal about the people buried beneath them. Varied funerary customs of the Victorian era including mourning clothes will be revealed by an undertaker and a grieving widow.
— Christ Church Cemetery: May 18. Attendees will encounter characters from the past to hear tales of the tombstones and tales of joy and sorrow from those who are laid to rest within the walls of the churchyard.
— Presbyterian Church Cemetery: 8:30 p.m. June 1. Attendees can visit by lantern light the Presbyterian Church of Dover’s cemetery where Delawareans and their families are buried. Among them are Delaware’s statesman John M. Clayton and Revolutionary War martyr Col. John Haslet, who died at the Battle of Princeton in 1777. Attendees can meet these figures, along with Revolutionary War hero Maj. John Patton; 19th-century Dover’s James Fulton, who was the first resident of Rose Cottage; and 18th-century Dover widows with decided opinions about their husbands.
Admission to the lantern tours is $10.
To register, call 739-9194.