Mattituck Presbyterian Church Graveyard Tour
On October 7, 2023 as a cooperative effort, the Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society, the Mattituck Presbyterian Church’s Graveyard Restoration Committee and the North Fork Community Theatre will host the fourth annual Mattituck Presbyterian Church Historical Graveyard Tour.
The tour begins at the North Fork Community Theatre at 12700 Old Sound Ave. Mattituck, NY 11952 and goes through the graveyard where actors in period costumes recount the life stories of historical figures who are buried in the graveyard. The tour will end at the Mattituck Presbyterian Church.
The location and history of the church, the graveyard, and the theatre lend themselves to a tour such as this. Six “widow guides” dressed in Victorian mourning costumes will guide attendees from the theatre through the cemetery, where the costumed actors will recount the lives of notable figures in Mattituck’s history while standing atop their graves. The notables include Revolutionary and Civil War veterans, architects, pastors and lawyers who were responsible for forming Mattituck as we know it today, as well as some of the women who supported them. It will also feature the story of the Wickham murders, the victims of which are buried at the gravesite. Mary Kalich, a member of the board of directors of the theater will start the tour with a brief history of the theater and how it was once a church. The tour will end with a brief talk by the Victorian undertaker on the strange and macabre Victorian mourning customs.
Tours will start at 2pm and end at 4pm. Tour groups of a maximum of 20 people will be scheduled in 10-minute intervals. Tickets must be purchased in advance, no one will be admitted without an advance ticket.
Tickets are $25.00/pp and are available at www.nfct.com, at 631-298-NFCT (6328) or at Brown Paper Tickets. The Rain Date is Oct. 8, 2023. All proceeds equally benefit the three organizations that are hosting the tour.