Cemetery tours tickets sold out

Volunteer Shelia Hendershot portrays Reba Hutchison, wife of Kansas Supreme Court Justice William E. Hutchison, during the 2016 Historic Walking Tours of Valley View Cemetery. Tickets for this year’s event have sold out. Courtesy photo.

All tickets have been sold for the Finney County Historical Society’s Historic Walking Tours of Valley View Cemetery, which are scheduled Oct. 26, 27 and 28 in partnership with the cemetery staff.

The Finney County Historical Museum has started a waiting list for tickets, in case any become available due to cancellations. In addition, those on the list will be contacted next year with the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2018 tours. This year’s ticket sales opened at 1 p.m. Oct. 2 and the last tickets were sold just before 5 p.m. on Oct. 6.

The tours are taking place for the fourth consecutive year, covering a series of significant gravesites and memorials and offering the chance for participants to meet various figures from the past, portrayed by volunteer re-enactors.  The tours also sold out in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Established in 1883, the 40-acre cemetery includes nearly 14,000 graves and serves as the final resting place for many of the community’s founders, early leaders and generations of residents.  Parking for ticket holders is available east of the cemetery office, inside the fence off of north Third Street.

The tours are focused on history, not Halloween, and do not feature ghosts, goblins or spooks of any kind.