Dennis Historical Society’s Terri Fox will lead an informative and entertaining walk on Friday, July 26, at 10am through the hallowed grounds of the South Dennis Congressional Church’s Sea Captains’ Cemetery.
Early stops on the tour will include the Revolutionary War section, which contains the gravestones of Dennis men who served in the Continental Army, including Jonathan Nickerson, head of the South Side Militia who rose to the rank of major in the fight against the British. The tour will also feature the gravesite of John Sanford, the first permanent pastor of the South Parish Meeting House. Other highlights will include the final resting places of numerous noted 19th century master mariners, including Alpheus Baker, perhaps best remembered for bringing back the unnamed Chinese Woman from Hong Kong to be a nanny to his children. Visitors will also learn about Jimmy Whittemore, the 20-year-old baker’s assistant murdered in Dennis in 1899 by Edwin Snow.
The South Dennis Congregational Church is located at 234 Main Street. There is no parking in the cemetery, but visitors can park on Main Street or behind the Scargo School next door. The rain date for this event is Sunday, July 28, at 2pm.