Actors will portray the pioneers who developed Ashland in the 1800s during walking tours of Ashland Cemetery the first two weekends of July.

Actors will portray the pioneers who developed Ashland in the 1800s during walking tours of Ashland Cemetery the first two weekends of July.

Dressed in period costumes, these early settlers will share their lives and the events that shaped Ashland, answering questions on the early history of Ashland, such as how Grizzly Peak got its name and why Lithia Park exists.

Actors will present their stories on two weekends, July 4-5 and July 11-12. Tours will depart every 15 minutes from 4 to 6 p.m.

Tours are approximately one hour long. Ashland Cemetery is at East Main and Morton streets next to Safeway. The site is wheelchair accessible, but pets are not allowed.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., or at the cemetery entrance.

Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children younger than 12 and $25 for families. The tours may not be appropriate for small children.

The tours are sponsored by the Rogue Valley Unitarian-Universalist-Fellowship. Half of the proceeds will benefit art in the schools throughout the Rogue Valley.

Details: 621-2995.

— Ashland Daily Tidings