Past personages of Charlotte – including an early 19th century daredevil, the local lighthouse’s first keeper, a War of 1812 schooner captain, an industrial accident victim, a humbled ‘49er, and families that share names with several local roads – come to life through their gravestones as we explore this early, and often overlooked, burial ground. Students will leave prepared to read the stories of their own communities in local cemeteries, and to appreciate the eternal – even spooky! – presence of the past in our lives.
Please note: This field trip will not require walking any significant distances, but the grass-covered ground of the cemetery is uneven in some places, and you should expect to be on your feet for the duration of the class. You are also encouraged to bring your own personal water bottles to stay hydrated.
Age: This class is appropriate for ages 14+.Location
: This class will start and end on the sidewalk in front of Charlotte Cemetery, 28 River Street, in the Charlotte neighborhood of Rochester. Parking is available on River Street, both directly across from the cemetery, and along the length of River Street as posted; do not park in the Charlotte Harborview apartment complex’s lot adjacent to the cemetery, as it is reserved for tenants.
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. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc).About the teacher
:Tyler Lucero has connected people to our natural and human heritage as an educator at the Genesee Country Village & Museum and The Landmark Society of Western New York, a science teacher in the Rochester City School District, a naturalist at West Irondequoit's Helmer Nature Center, and an interpretive ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. He studied geology and history at Brown University, and has traveled widely to wild and historic places across the United States, but loves the people, landscape, and history of his native Western New York best.
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