Woodland Cemetery: sending you home with chills and knowledge

Over 60 thousand people are laid to rest at the the Woodland Cemetery.

Over 60 thousand people are laid to rest at the the Woodland Cemetery.

"If you think about the fact that Quincy is around 40,000 then we have 50 percent more than living, buried here, who are dead," Reg Ankrom from the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, said.

Among those, are some of Quincy's most historical figures.

"People here were giants," Ankrom said. "We have the grave of Mr. Pitney, Michael Piggot one of the first Irishmen who became a historian of the Irish in Quincy. We'll pass the grave of Louisa Maertz, a person who saved the John Wood mansion which just a few years ago was named one of the most important architectural structures in Quincy so there's a tremendous amount of history that covers the nation."

You can learn all about it by taking the annual Woodland Cemetery tour held by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County.

"Well they can expect an hour of Quincy history," Ankrom said. "It's latent history we'll be talking about because the people we'll be talking about are resting here at the Woodland Cemetery."

Woodland Cemetery's layout is one of the only pieces of land in Quincy that remain exactly the same since the day John Wood built it.

"About 1846 when he was 48-years-old he started thinking about his own mortality and he decided to create this cemetery, a place where he and his friend and neighbors could rest after their deaths," Ankrom said.

But since the tours are being held on All Saints Day of course it needs to be a little spooky.

"We have guided tours and we have six stops on those tours where people will be impersonating people who are buried at that location," Ankrom said.

Scary and educational.