by Martin McConnell
The Independence Historical Society held lantern tours of Hemlock Cemetery on Oct. 15 and Oct. 29, to get residents in the Halloween spirit.
The ticketed event took residents through the historical Hemlock Cemetery off of Brecksville Road. Tour guides came equipped with knowledge of Victorian-era burial rituals and stories of those who lay buried in the cemetery. The tours also included local actors, who added to the spooky vibe by portraying stories of the now-buried residents of the cemetery. Those who attended were treated to doughnuts and hot chocolate following the tour.