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Illuminated History Tour of South Perinton Cemetery and Mary Jewett Telford Dedication Ceremony

June 19, 2012
Our Illuminated History South Perinton Cemetery Tour and Mary Jewett Telford Dedication Ceremony is this evening, June 19, 2012.  Please join us at 7:00 p.m. at South Perinton Cemetery, 291 Wilkinson Road, Fairport, New York, as actors bring the lives of eleven cemetery residents to life.  The tour ends at the grave of Civil War nurse Mary Jewett Telford, where a ceremony will be held to dedicate her Woman’s Relief Corps flag holder.  We hope to see you there!
This tour is sponsored by Illuminated History and the Perinton Historical Society.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery Tour – Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m.

June 13, 2011

Civil War Monument in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Fairport, New York

Join me for a Twilight Tour of Mount Pleasant Cemetery in the village of Fairport, New York on Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m.

We will meet at the Civil War monument within Mount Pleasant, which is located on Summit Street.  You’ll learn about some of the 30 Fairport and Perinton men who lost their lives fighting for their country during the Civil War.  Then we’ll visit others within the cemetery who returned home when the fighting was done.  Each of them has a unique story to share.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for cool weather and rain.  I look forward to sharing the stories of these hometown heroes with you!

Pittsford Cemetery Tour – Saturday, May 15, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.

May 11, 2010

Pittsford Cemetery Cannon and Flagpole

Pittsford Cemetery Tour – Saturday, May 15, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.


As I prepare for my upcoming tour of Pittsford Cemetery in Pittsford, New York, I am constantly amazed at the incredible lives led by the people who lived in our own neighborhoods.  Today, few Pittsford residents know the names of Major Harvey E. Light or John Buckley Bacon.  Yet these men were instrumental in shaping Pittsford into the village it is today.

On this year’s tour, we will once again discuss Harvey Light and John Bacon.  The Ambrose boys will also feature prominently.  Their rich Civil War history is too interesting to forget.  We will speak of some new soldiers as well.  The stories of Henry L. Mueller and his descendants, who fought in the Spanish-American War and World War I, will be told.  You’ll hear of Monroe County, New York’s “most decorated soldier” of World War II, Franklin Clarke Retchless, Jr.

Our tour begins Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Pittsford Cemetery, which has two entrances on Washington Road, opposite Golf Avenue.  Please meet at the flagpole.  Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for rain.  I look forward to seeing some old friends, and meeting many new friends!


Civil War Cemetery Tour on May 16th at 10:00 a.m.

March 1, 2009
Frank D. Tibbitts

Frank D. Tibbitts

Today has been a learning day.  I’ve spent several hours trying to decipher the rules for inter-library loans on microfilm and reading the information on the National Archives and NYS Archives websites pertaining to military service records.  It is confusing, to say the least.  If you have any info on these subjects, please feel free to leave a comment.  I’d love to hear from you!

The Pittsford Recreation Department Spring flyer arrived in my mailbox yesterday.  I was excited to see my Cemetery Tour listed on page 17.  However, I was extremely irked that BOTH my first and last names were misspelled (for the record, the correct spelling is Vicki Profitt).  The tour will take place rain or shine.  The proceeds from the $3 fee will be donated to the Friends of Pittsford Cemetery fund for use in Civil War headstone restorations.  Currently, two of my Civil War “boys” have headstones that have toppled over.  It will cost several hundred dollars to fix each stone.  Frank D. Tibbitts died of typhoid at the young age of 21.  He had served in the Union army for less than a year.  Charles Dwinnell spent time in the infantry, was a POW, and then was mustered out in 1863.  A mere 7 months later, Charles had the fortitude to enlist again, this time in the Engineers corps.  He served an additional one and a half years before ending his army career.  We’ll talk more about Frank during the tour.  I’ll share the letter his parents received telling them of their son’s tragic end.  My goal is to honor the sacrifices these men made for their country during their lives and in their deaths.  Their stories may not be known to thousands like the tales we’ve heard about U.S. Grant or Robert E. Lee, but the history is no less important.  I only hope I can do them justice.

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