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Centerville Cemetery Holds History Lessons

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CENTERVILLE, Iowa -- Saturday night this town will hold a history program with a Halloween twist.

“Haunted History” has been a program conducted for around 12 years in this southern Iowa town.

Residents are invited to the Oakland Cemetery on the east side of town for a presentation on some of the town’s forefathers, using dramatic re-creations.

“At the historical society we feel like we should share some of the 10,000 stories here at the Oakland Cemetery,” said Lisa Eddy of the Appaloosa County Historical Society.

Some actors will speak the part of citizens like Civil War-era surgeon, Dr. William Scott, who returned after the war to practice medicine in Centerville.

Dr. William Scott was prominent as a Civil War surgeon,” said Dr. Brad McConville, who is a retired physician, and plays Dr. Scott. “He fought with the 33rd infantry, received a bullet to the top of his cranium, but he recovered from that and was able to come back to Centerville and practice medicine for 33 years."

"It's not a spooky event it's not really that.and I we’re very respectful here in the cemetery,” said Eddy. “We instruct all our visitors not to lean on the stones.”

The program will be done at 3 p.m. in the daylight and at 6:30 p.m. right after sunset, with the area decked out in luminaries.

Here is the Facebook link to Haunted History, for event information.

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