Lantern-Lite Tour of Brookside Cemetery set for Oct. 30

FELLSMERE — The Brookside Cemetery west of Sebastian, one of the oldest in Indian River County, is full of tales.  And Joel Tyson and Corky Corker of Fellsmere are looking forward to telling some of them on Saturday, October 30, from 4 to 6 pm.

The land for the cemetery was donated to the City of Fellsmere in the early 1900s, but some unmarked graves in the oldest section of the cemetery date back to the 1880s.   Prominent citizens of the area are buried there as well as anonymous workers at the turpentine camps located in the nearby extensive pine forest – now the St. Sebastian River Sate Buffer Preserve.  The City of Fellsmere continues to maintain the cemetery in the present.

The lantern-lite tour of the cemetery is the first program in the series of five historical tours called “Telling Tales,” sponsored by the Indian River County Historical Society.

Tickets for the event are $15 for Historical Society members and $20 for non-members.  Tickets, along with directions to the event site, are available at the IRCHS office in the Train Depot at 2336 14th Avenue in Vero Beach.

Information:  Call 772/778-3435 or email


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