Fun, family activities are scheduled on October 8, 2022, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Decatur/Maxwell/Murphy Cemetery at 620 North Murphy Road in Murphy, Texas. The event is to raise money for three of Murphy's historic cemeteries which are under the guardianship of Murphy Historical Society. Donations to the organization are for gravestone repair, maintenance, mowing, edging, tree trimming, fence repair and general care of the cemeteries which include Murphy Family Cemetery, Herring-Hogge Cemetery, and Decatur/Maxwell/Murphy Cemeteries.
A number of community volunteers such as the North Texas Civilian Historians, Wylie Cadets, Sachse Girl Scouts, History Club from the Wylie Campus of Collin College, and Murphy Historical Society are excited to participate in this community event. Activities include a Scavenger Hunt, Cemetery Jargon Search, Headstone Cleaning and Repair Demonstration, Hop Scotch Through Murphy History, Music on Guitar and Banjo from the time period (1850s), Adoption of a Pioneer Gravestone, and Children's Games. Actors dressed in period costumes will lead tours of the cemetery.
The Credit Union of Texas is providing free food and drinks for attendees. Other sponsors included are Collins Bros Jeep, Mary Pat's Team, South Fork Animal Clinic, Dr. Lorraine Chalkley, kw central 75, Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea, The Backyard Kitchen and Cocktails, Countryside Smiles, and Shepherd Allstate . Tickets are issued for a Murphy Store Throw and a Family Membership in Murphy Historical Society. Winners of the Scavenger Hunt and Cemetery Jargon will each receive a T-shirt. All participants in the Scavenger Hunt and Cemetery Jargon will receive a MHS koozie for their drinks.