Lake View Cemetery begins monthly tours on Tuesday

JAMESTOWN – Lake View Cemetery in James-town announced its free summer tour series. Four authors who have written accounts of local history will share the stories of men and women from Jamestown and the surrounding area who have helped to shape our community.

The tours will take place on the fourth Tuesday evening of June, July and August. Each tour will begin at 6 p.m. with an opportunity to meet the authors and have books signed.

At 6:30 p.m., the walking tours will begin and last approximately 60 to 90 minutes. Many of the tour stops will be near paved roadways; however, there may be some “off-road” excursions. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. The tours are free of charge. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

The first tour will be Tuesday evening. Local author and historian Clarence C. Carlson will be the guest tour guide. He is a board member of the Fenton History Center, has guided tours of Jamestown and Lake View Cemetery and is a member of the Jamestown Historical Marker Committee.

Carlson recently authored the book, “The Jamestown Furniture Industry; History in Wood, 1816 1920”. The book details the history of Jamestown’s furniture industry, once the second-largest producer of furniture in the U.S. The tour will concentrate on the local furniture industry and the craftsmen who directed the efforts to make Jamestown a leader in the industry.

There will be a limited number of copies of “The Jamestown Furniture Industry; History in Wood, 1816 1920” available for sale. Carlson will be happy to sign all books.

Details of the July and August tours will be available soon. Check local media, the Lake View Cemetery web-site,, or call the cemetery office at 665-3206.