Northeast Tarrant

Cemetery tour brings history to life

A trip through Southlake’s cemeteries took attendees through time.

The Southlake Historical Society hosted a cemetery tour and shared the stories of the people buried along the way on Saturday, Nov. 15.

The tour began at Lonesome Dove Cemetery; 2380 Lonesome Dove Road, stopped at Hood Cemetery; in the Coventry Manor subdivision at Peytonville Road and Turnberry, and ended at Whites Chapel Cemetery; at the intersection of White’s Chapel Boulevard and Southlake Boulevard. At each location actors reenacted the roles of real people and spoke about their lives and times.

Participants told the stories of civil war veterans, the area’s first settlers and more.

One settler was Malinda Hill, who is buried at Lonesome Dove and was a survivor of the Comanche raid on Fort Parker near Waco. Organizers used the event to also speak about the area’s history in general.

For example, through the myth of a horse thief killed at Hood Cemetery, participants explained the severity of horse theft at the time.

Historical Society President Connie Cooley said reenactment brings another element to story telling.

“It just captures your attention a little better than someone lecturing you,” she said.