Celebrate Green Hill Cemetery’s 150th Anniversary with a fun-filled scavenger hunt

Participants will follow the drives in Green Hill Cemetery for a scavenger hunt Oct. 15. PROVIDED PHOTO

Participants in an upcoming scavenger hunt at Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesboro are encouraged to “have fun.

“Happy hunting,” added Jill Kessler, who organized the quest, set for Sunday, Oct. 15, the final event to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the cemetery at 953 S. Potomac St. The Franklin County Court signed an order incorporating the Green Hill Cemetery Association March 10, 1873.

The scavenger hunt will be held from 2  to 4 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 22. Admission is free and there will be light refreshments.

There will be two age groups, 4 to 8 (with an adult) and 9 to adult, according to Kessler, a member of the sesquicentennial committee. “The hunt for ages 4 to 8 includes a map. Answers for both age groups can all be found in the cemetery,” Kessler added.

“You will get a scavenger hunt worksheet when you check-in and have the entire 2 hours to find all the items on the list,” she said.

Participants will turn in their worksheets when finished and be eligible for more than $500 in prizes that have been donated by local businesses. “We are extremely grateful to them for their donations,” Kessler said.

Guided cemetery tours will be available that day. “The Franklin County Visitors Bureau is printing the scavenger hunt worksheets. They have been wonderful to work with,” according to Kessler.

The winner of the commemorative quilt created by Kim Shockey of Waynesboro for the anniversary will be drawn the day of the hunt. The 92.5- by 92.5-inch quilt is made out of Civil War reproduction fabric, and is machine pieced, machine quilted and hand binded. Tickets, $5 each or 5 for $20, are still available at the cemetery office at 953 S. Potomac St., or by calling 717-658-6789 or 717-762-2759.

The sesquicentennial observance kicked off with a community Easter sunrise service April 9, followed by “Cocktails in the Cemetery: A Summer Solstice Observance” June 21 and a community picnic Aug. 12.

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