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Cemetery Walking Tour Highlights Historic Causes of Death

"The Doctor Is In" will walk through the old section of the Vine Lake Cemetery on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. This is the first in a series that will continue in the spring.

 

On Sept. 29, the Vine Lake Preservation Trust will sponsor a walking tour called, "The Doctor Is In…" which will highlight selected citizens, their gravesites, and explain their causes of death between 1745 and 1849. 

This initial tour is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Old Section of Medfield’s Vine Lake Cemetery.

Early Medfield citizens died from a variety of conditions, many of which are not as terminal or well-known now as they once were.  

Sam Forman, M.D., and Rob Gregg, president of the Vine Lake Preservation Trust, will partner in the first in a series of informative walking tours whose intent is to describe why and how death occurred and at what age.  

Guests will visit the gravesites of selected persons to gain better perspectives about early Medfield medical history.

Admission is $5 a person; students under age 18 are free.  Park on the road around Vine Lake, then climb the steps to the Old Section.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water if you wish.

The next tour will be in the spring and will focus on causes of death beginning in 1850 onward.  Be sure to attend every tour to gain a better understanding about the demands of Medfield's doctors as they attended to the health issues of our earlier citizens.  

For more information about Vine Lake Preservation Trust, visit www.vinelakepreservationtrust.org

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