Brent Chartier, of Harrison Township,  portrays former Mount Clemens Mayor Martin Crocker during a rehearsal for the Oct. 6 Crocker House Cemetery Walk.

Brent Chartier, of Harrison Township, portrays former Mount Clemens Mayor Martin Crocker during a rehearsal for the Oct. 6 Crocker House Cemetery Walk.

Photo by Brandy Baker


Scare up some history on cemetery walk

Historical event returns Oct. 6

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published September 13, 2018

 Crocker House Museum Director Kim Parr watches as Linda Paton rehearses her lines in the role of Emma G. Dwyer Canfield during a Sept. 4 rehearsal for the  Oct. 6 Crocker House  Cemetery Walk.

Crocker House Museum Director Kim Parr watches as Linda Paton rehearses her lines in the role of Emma G. Dwyer Canfield during a Sept. 4 rehearsal for the Oct. 6 Crocker House Cemetery Walk.

Photo by Brandy Baker

MACOMB COUNTY — The Crocker House Museum is dedicating its 2018 cemetery walk to Macomb County for its bicentennial year.

The walk, which takes place from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Clinton Grove Cemetery, will feature actors portraying some of the county’s most prominent former citizens — each of whom made such a considerable impact on the area that streets were named after them.

Museum Director Kim Parr said six past Macomb County residents, including Martin Crocker, Alma Peck Little and Robert P. Eldredge, are the focus of this year’s walk. Each is buried at Clinton Grove.

Ypsilanti resident Rick Katon is portraying Eldredge.

“He was the first attorney in the county,” said Katon.

Eldredge came to Mount Clemens in 1827 after leaving his home state of New York. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1828. He feared that his law practice would go under due to the fact that the area was not widely settled, and those who resided in the area lived peacefully. But in a short time, Mount Clemens and Macomb County began to prosper and more and more residents became wealthy, with more legal issues in need of attention.

Like the other re-enactors in the walk, Katon will don period clothing and will speak in the first person as Eldredge at Eldredge’s headstone.

Katon, a member of the Ypsilanti Historical Society, said he’s a student of history who enjoys participating in the walk each year.

Also featured is former Mount Clemens Mayor Martin Crocker, son of the city’s second mayor Thomas Crocker, and cousin to another former mayor, George Crocker. It was Martin Crocker, portrayed by Brent Chartier, of Harrison Township, who owned land in the area east of the Clinton River when the city sought to construct a bridge. He reportedly gave the city the land as long as it was agreed that the street would be named after him.

Alma Peck Little’s family owned land in the county, as well as a large farm near Clinton Grove Cemetery. Little Street, on the west end bordering the cemetery, was named for her. Little will be portrayed by Julie Brown.

Parr said the walk is always a popular October event for the museum.

“It certainly is the most entertaining way to learn about your local history,” she said, adding that the museum will be set up for an 1880s wake the day of the walk. “It is a rare opportunity to learn true stories about the lives of the people who lived in Macomb County.”

Buses will leave every 15 minutes from the museum to the cemetery.

Tickets to the walk cost $15 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society, and $20 for nonmembers. There will also be a Mourning Music Tea at 11 a.m. inside the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 168 Cass Ave. The seperate ticket cost is $35 for members, and $40 for nonmembers.

Reservations are required, and the ticket cost is nonrefundable. For more information, or to make a reservation, call (586) 465-2488.

The Crocker House Museum is located at 15 Union St. in Mount Clemens. Clinton Grove Cemetery is located at 21189 Cass Ave. in Clinton Township.