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Sharon Hughes speaking before a full house Wednesday at the Charlottesville Senior Center.

Sharon Hughes speaking before
a full house Wednesday
at the Charlottesville Senior Center.

Regular listeners of our podcasts might know Rick Britton. He’s a Charlottesville-based author, lecturer, and cartographer. An award-winning historian, Rick also organizes lecture programs and day-trips in conjunction with the Charlottesville Senior Center.

On June 16, 2011, a brand new series was launched-”Historic Cemeteries of Virginia.” That evening Sharon Hughes-Danville, Virginia’s, own “Cemetery Lady”-presented a talk on Victorian statuary symbolism and mourning customs. Using slides taken in Danville’s beautiful Green Hill Cemetery, Hughes explained the various religious and classical concepts behind the 19th-century gravestone decorations. She also gave the audience a sampling of the cemetery’s many fascinating stories.

Sharon Hughes

Sharon Hughes

On June 20, 2011, Sharon Hughes will conduct a tour of Green Hill Cemetery. Participants will also see Danville’s Millionaire’s Row, the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History (also known as the “Last Capitol of the Confederacy”), and the Langhorne home (birthplace of Lady Astor). Bus tour departs from the Charlottesville Senior Center at 8:00 AM. There is a fee for the tour. Call 974-6538 for more information.

This is the first of a two part series. You can listen to both parts of this series here.

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