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Alton’s Vintage Voices cemetery tours mark 21st year, opening on Oct. 1

The annual Vintage Voices tours, held in the Alton Cemetery, are returning for the 2022 season on the following dates: Oct. 1, 2, 8, and 9.

Tours leave from the cemetery gate every 15 to 20 minutes between 12 noon and 2:30 pm. The cemetery is located at 5th and Vine Streets in Alton.

A non-walking performance will also be held on Oct. 9, 2022, at Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton.

Vintage Voices is produced by a volunteer committee and volunteer actors who bring the history of Alton to life.

This year the tours will have nine stops with actors portraying:

  • Marcellus H. Filley, a private night watchman who was murdered on Halloween
  • Lyne Shackelford Metcalfe, an Alton mayor and a founding board member of the Alton Unitarian Church, and his wife Sarah Baker Metcalfe, the daughter of prominent Alton attorney David Jewell Baker
  • Colonel John Kuhn who joined the Alton Jaeger Guard and served as one of the Company’s lieutenants
  • Rev. Austin Otey, a preacher at Union Baptist Church which marks its 185th anniversary this year
  • Sara Jane Woodson Newton Cohron, a very successful teacher in St. Louis and East St. Louis and the founder of the St. Louis Colored Orphans’ Home, now the Annie Malone Children’s Home
  • Henry Mayo who accompanied General J.C. Fremont on the historical “Pathfinding” trip to the Pacific coast
  • Alton Woman’s Home resident Alice Georgia and board member Olga Polster will share the story of its founding 125 years ago
  • E.P. Wade, the President of the Lovejoy Monument Association, shares the story of the 1897 dedication of the Lovejoy Monument
  • Dr. William H.C. Smith and his wife Elizabeth Ellen Blake Smith who founded Beverly Farm 125 years ago

Walking tour tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 6 to 18. Tickets can be purchased online at or with cash at the event.

Pre-event tickets (with no service charge) can be purchased at Picture This & More, 17 E. Broadway, Alton.

The non-walking, one-hour performance begins at 5 p.m. at Jacoby Arts Center. Seating is limited to 60 people. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at or at Picture This & More.

Proceeds from the event support the continuation of the event, upkeep of the Alton Cemetery and various community organizations.

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