LexHistory Presents Dinner with the Dead This October


Image courtesy Christ Church Cathedral

This October, the ghosts of the Old Episcopal Burying Ground will rise for one very special evening. On October 18, LexHistory will present “Dinner with the Dead” a unique living history event in Downtown Lexington. Featuring interpreters telling the stories of real individuals buried in the cemetery, music, food, and family activities, this annual event will become a Halloween tradition in Lexington. Originally sponsored by the Fayette County Cemetery Trust, a now inactive organization which works to preserve the history of Lexington’s burial grounds, Dinner with the Dead was last held in 2009.

The return of Dinner with the Dead marks an important step for LexHistory, one that we are very excited to be taking. We are planning incredibly dynamic programming that will not only entertain, but will help fulfill our mission of engaging all people on the history of Lexington and the Bluegrass Region. We are very thankful to have forged a partnership with Christ Church Cathedral for this project and we look forward to showcasing the wonderful history of the Old Epsicopal Burying Ground.


Actor portraying Lucian Wheatley, who died on the Sultana during the Civil War

Christ Church purchased the church property from Charlton Hunt, first mayor of Lexington, in December 1832. That following summer, the cemetery saw many burials as a result of an outbreak of Cholera which claimed the lives of of over 500. More than one third of the membership of Christ Church perished in the epidemic in 1833. The cemetery is a Who’s Who among 19th century Lexington, including many prominent residents. Those who attend Dinner with the Dead will learn more about who is buried there and their connections with Lexington’s history.

The price of admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children 5 and under, which includes dinner, dessert, and a beverage. Musical entertainment will be provided and local actors will interpret the stories of the ghosts of the Old Episcopal Burying Ground. In addition, there will be a scavenger hunt to get attendees acquainted with the cemetery and other fun family-friendly activities. Advance tickets will be available for online purchase, in the LexHistory office, and by phone on September 1. Cash and credit cards will be accepted the day of the event.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Debra Watkins, Director by email debra@lexhistory.org or by phone (859) 907-9585. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information about sponsoring Dinner with the Dead, please email Natasha Collier, Manager of Development and Community Engagement at natasha@lexhistory.org or by phone (606) 314-0150.

LexHistory engages all people in discovery and interpretation of the history of Lexington, KY and the Bluegrass region.


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