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Saint Andrews Cemetery Tour

With the Fall season and Halloween upon us a cemetery tour seems fitting. What better place than St. Andrew's Cemetery, the oldest Catholic cemetery in Grand Rapids where some of the founding fathers (Louis and Antoine Campau, Father Andreas (Andrew) Viszoczky, etc.) of Grand Rapids are buried, at Prince St and Madison Ave.

It is probably the only cemetery in the city that is fenced and gated with lock and key, but come Saturday 22 October 2011 it will be opened for our Discover GR Meetup group to tour and hear some stories of those interred there.

Parking: Best to park on Prince Street, east and west of the main gate which is located half a block of the 20 acre cemetery at about where College Ave dead ends into Prince. MAP

Come wearing a warm coat/heavy sweater, it's expected to be about 50-55°. It's not forecast to rain but you never know, be prepared.

Hope to see you this weekend.

Your Hosts Jim & Pattie


PS. Be sure to view some of the photos recently uploaded to the Discover GR Meetup site in Photos Album: St. Andrew's Cemetery. It will give you a preview of what's in store. 


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  • Pattie

    It was a great group of people. We were able to get into some of the cripts. That was cool. It got dark faster than we expected. Next time we will start a lot earlier in the day, wear warmer clothes and bring hot chocolate:)

    October 24, 2011

  • Amy

    What an awesome outing! Thank you, Jim for all your work researching prior to the tour. So many interesting tidbits that really bring GR's historical figures to life (so to speak!)

    October 23, 2011

  • Kathy

    What a great time..learning about some of the history of Grand Rapids and burial too. Pattie and Jim as our Tour Guide did an awesome job. Great idea. Can't wait for more from Pattie and learning about GR. Thanks to Pattie and Jim.

    October 23, 2011

  • Clayton

    Very good! Thanks to Pattie and Jim for putting this together!!

    October 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting, great historial review by Jim, and having the volunteer that was using a pitchfork to locate sunken gravestones share what she knew made it even better! Remember to not swear near the cross and better a prostitute than an alchoholic LOL.

    October 23, 2011

  • david

    You must admit we do have wonderful organizers!

    October 18, 2011

  • david

    This may be too much for me.. Hope to attend the next event though!

    1 · October 18, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've heard this place was interesting from folks in my centering prayer group.

    September 18, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will this include some history on some of the significant historical names buried there? Maybe even a ghost story related to a graveyard or two? I'll help prepare for it if you need assistance.

    September 17, 2011

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