Tombstone Tales Tour
About the Tombstone Tales Tour
Valley Brook Cemetery was built in 1882 as a park-like setting to welcome visitors, which it still does to this day. In 2014, the cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Buried here are people from all walks of life – miners, family members young and old, wealthy and poor. This walking tour through the cemetery reveals who’s who on the ornate carved gravestones as well as several unmarked graves. Hear stories about Breckenridge’s movers and shakers, miners, widows and paupers – as well tales of widespread illness, accidents and conflict.
Schedule & Cost
Tour guests may park inside the cemetery gates near the Sexton House (the little white house). Please be respectful of other cemetery visitors. Valley Brook is an active cemetery, open to the public during daylight hours. Do not block any access roads.
This is a 90-minute outdoor walking tour offered in sun, wind, and snow. It is contained to the cemetery but is not a ghost tour or intended to be spooky. There are no restrooms or facilities on site. Guests should bring water and dressing for the weather is important. During winter months, guests should wear snow pants, a warm jacket, hat and mittens for comfort. Click here for more FAQs.
Adults and older children, families, couples and small groups. We can accommodate up to 12 guests on this tour.
“June did an excellent job of both introducing the cemetery and some of the quirkiness associated with it. It provided us with a sense of the vulnerabilities of living in a mountain mining camp in those days. She took it to a second level explaining some of the historic things associated with funerals and their relationships to those hard times.”
The ornate iron work and carved headstones represent some of the earliest art from Breckenridge. As you stroll through the cemetery look out for recurring themes and imagery, such as lambs.