RHINEBECK — On Saturdays in October at 3pm, Theatre on the Road and Friends of Rhinebeck Cemetery will bring six spirits to life who each contributed to Rhinebeck’s rich past. As guests move through the cemetery, they will hear these historic characters tell their unique stories. Characters will be in authentic costumes and played by members of Theatre on the Road. Guests will enter the cemetery at the Mill Road gate and follow the signs for parking. Guided tours will last one hour. This entertaining and educational experience is not to be missed!

Tours begin in the late 18th century and end in the early 20th century. Guests will meet George Saltford, a florist who launched the Hudson Valley’s violet industry and Susan Frazier, a teacher who fought for African-American rights. Next on the tour will be Andrew Frazier, a landowner and Susan Frazier’s grandfather. Also returning from the hereafter will be Richard Schell, a U.S. Congressman who married into the Churchill family, Mary Miller, the founder of the Starr Institute in Rhinebeck and Elisha Holdridge, a drummer boy who went on to serve in both the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

October 9, 10, 23 and 24. All tours start at 3 p.m.

On Saturday, October 9th there will be a 1:30 p.m. accessible tour and a 3 p.m. tour.

$15 Adults, $10 Students (with valid ID), $8 Seniors and under 12.

Purchase tickets by visiting

For information: 914-489-3668 or 845-475-7973

About Theatre on the Road

Theatre on the Road is the creation of actor, writer and director Frank Marquette and his partner co-producer, and wife Kristen. They have been producing and performing plays for public, educational, and charity events since 1998. Original productions include Poe’s Last Mystery, Kingston: Voices from the Past, Whiskey Women, and A Taste of Shakespeare. Since 2015 they have been producing living history tours at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY. To learn more visit

Jessica Boyd provides historical research and monologues for the living history programs. She did the research and monologues for the Rhinebeck Cemetery tours in 2019 and produced scripts for Theater on the Road’s tours of the Old Dutch Church Cemetery in Kingston last year and this year. Jessica is a locally based writer, actor, and teacher.

About Friends of Rhinebeck Cemetery

Friends of Rhinebeck Cemetery, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization working to promote and optimize the history, design and ecology of the cemeteries under the Town of Rhinebeck’s jurisdiction; Rhinebeck Cemetery on Route 9 and Mill Road, Kirchehoek Cemetery (Wey’s Crossing) on Route 9; and Kerk Hof Cemetery in Rhinecliff. Nestled into the natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley, these gems are rich with national, state and local histories, architectural treasures, natural heritage, and remembrances of the dead.

We exist purely for the benefit of these cemeteries, promoting their beauty and legacy by raising money for restoration, conservation and education efforts – things not included in the Town’s cemetery budget. For additional information visit

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