FORT MYERS, Fla. – Are you looking for a spooky way to celebrate Halloween? One local business is adding a touch of history to the holiday with a walking tour through the Fort Myers Cemetery.
Some of city’s most storied residents lay at the cemetery located on Michigan Avenue.
“Our cemetery is particularly old, it’s over a 100 years old and some of the graves. So of the people, some of the founding fathers are buried there,” said Gina Taylor, owner of True Tours.
Among those buried are the infamous Edgar Watson and the White Medicine Man. Tales of these historians came about in the late 1800s. Now, True Tours found a way to raise the dead.
“To get a sense of place, you have to know your history, you have to know who these people were, why they came here, why they built this town, and why it’s flourishing today as a result of what they did a long time ago,” said Taylor.
The more than 70-acre cemetery holds at least 15,000 people, and each year, more than 200 people are added.
“As I get to tag along on these tours, I get to learn the architecture of these cemeteries, things that I’ve never really thought about and what was prevalent 100 years ago,” said Taylor.
The cemetery tour happens every Tuesday, tickets are $15 per person. For more information, visit truetours.net.