The Otter Tail County Historical Society will kick off Memorial Day weekend with a tour of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Friday, May 25, at 7 pm.

Days before Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865, an exploratory party of religious pilgrims left Red Wing to journey north and west.

They were members of the Church of Jesus Christ, a splinter group from the larger Mormon church. Fulfilling the vision of their leader Alpheus Cutler of a home between two lakes in Minnesota, the group established Clitherall, Otter Tail County’s first permanent settlement.

Although Mt. Pleasant is a non-denominational cemetery, it is the resting place for the early Cutleries and for years was owned by the Cutlerite church. Mt. Pleasant Cemetery is located just east of Battle Lake off highway 210. Please bring a portable chair as you listen to the fascinating stories of people buried in this idyllic place.