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Cemetery tour is tonight

Staff reports

The fourth annual “Living History” Cemetery Tour will take place today from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mottsville Cemetery. Guests will hear “living histories” of pioneer families. Members of the Carson Valley Historical Society will portray several of the original pioneer families to the Carson Valley.

Stephanie Lee is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Eliza Mott, the first white woman settler in the Carson Valley. Jerry Smith will portray Israel Jones, who settled in Mottsville in the 1850s, and Tyrel Frederick Dressler will portray his great-great-great-grandfather, Augustus Frederick Dressler. Tom Elswick will be Robert Trimmer, grandfather of Shirley Giovachinni, a fourth generation Nevadan. Laurie Hickey and her sister Sheri Kern will portray members of their pioneer families, grandmother Laura McFaul Allerman and grandfather Fred Allerman. Patsy Pumphrey will be Dr. Eliza Cook, and Marlena Hellwinkel will tell the story of the Ben Parmer family, the first black family to the Carson Valley.

Mottsville no longer exists, but the cemetery remains to this day and can be reached by taking Highway 88, then turning at Mottville Lane toward Lake Tahoe. Turn right on Old Foothill Road, the last road before the four-way stop at the Foothill and Kingsbury intersection. Continue on Old Foothill Road. The cemetery will be on the left.

“The self-guided tour is free to the public, dress warmly and bring your own flashlight as there are no lights in the cemetery,” said Liz Paul, spokesperson for the Carson Valley Historical Society.

After the tour, everyone is invited to the Genoa Courthouse Museum on Main Street for warm apple cider and cookies.

For more information, call 782-2555.