Tombstones that tell Tales

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Date(s) - 10/15/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hobbs State Park visitor center


Tombstones Tell Tales: Expert to Explain


Do you still have the heebie-jeebies from watching Pet Cemetery, Poltergeist, or The Night of the Living Dead? Horror films successfully tap into our collective subconscious fears of death, what lies beyond (or even beneath, for that matter).  But really – Do you shudder just hearing the name Stephen King?  When you visit a cemetery do you feel like a hand will appear through a menacing pall to lunge at your ankle?  Jump back!  You may be a coimetrophobe.    Coimetrophobia is the fear of cemeteries.  Symptoms include panic attacks, dizziness/vertigo, headaches, and sense of pending doom.  Coimetrophobes may also fear decomposition, decay, and even getting buried alive.

On the other hand, you may be a taphophile like the upcoming speaker at Hobbs State Park, Abby Burnett.  A taphophile visits cemeteries for fun, and like Abby they take an interest in cemeteries, tombstones, or the memory of past lives. There is beauty and peace in a cemetery. Instead of fearing that there is a ghoul lurking around the next head stone, or that a zombie will appear from behind the next tree dragging his leg in your direction, Abby wonders what the people were like, or what they died from. She studies the symbolism carved on each stone, looking for clues that could lead to more information about the deceased.


In Abby’s presentation she will show us gravestones that either hint at something, or tell us outright how the person died, such as being struck by lightning, or killed by a falling tree. A stone may state “Killed by —” and even give the murderer’s motive, but there is always more to find out.

Not only are Abby’s programs extremely entertaining, they are always fun. Whether you are a coimetrophobe or a taphophile, you will be glad you came to Abby’s program at Hobbs State Park.


When: Sunday October 15, 2017               2:00 p.m.

Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the

Hwy 12/War Eagle intersection

Cost:      Free

For more information, call: 479-789-5000

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