Peninsula State Park Highlights History at Talking Tombstones


Julia Duclon, portrayed by Carly Resch stands by the Blossomberg Cemetery sign in Peninsula State Park. William Duclon was keeper at the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse for many years. Julia and William Duclon raised seven sons at the lighthouse.

Door County history comes to life on Thursday, June 21, from 10 AM to 12 Noon when Peninsula State Park staff and volunteers offer TALKING TOMBSTONES.

The event will feature characters from the past like Captain Vorous, Vida Weborg, Carl Anderson and others – all who claim Blossomburg Cemetery as their final resting place.

The program is free and open to the public. A state vehicle sticker is not required while parked near Blossomburg and attending the program, but is required if patrons plan to park and visit other locations in Peninsula. Donations are appreciated. If you need additional information phone the nature center at 854-5976.

Blossomburg Cemetery, a town cemetery located within Peninsula boundaries, means “windy point” according to local lore. It began as the Anderson family graveyard, which was sold to Gibraltar Township in the late 1800s. Talking Tombstones highlights the lives of artists, lighthouse keepers and park superintendents. Participants can listen to five-minute biographies, shared by stafff and volunteers, at their own pace. Allow about an hour to hear all the stories. The Gibraltar Historical Society is also providing volunteers for the event.

Blossomburg Cemetery is located about one mile from the Fish Creek entrance. Parking is available on the south side of Mengelberg Lane as directed. Or, park at Nelson’s picnic area and walk about 1/4 mile to the cemetery. The event goes on rain (Weborg Shelter Building) or shine.