For those who have been to this cemetery can appreciate its beauty and history.
Those who have not…you are missing out.
It was founded in 1869 and people have been buried here dating back to the Civil War and many famous people have, as well, including Elizabeth Edwards and many other North Carolina congress members.
Meeting Spot…Go to the archway shown in the picture and meet just inside to the left in the grassy area. From here we will walk the grounds and admire the beautiful gravesites & many blooming trees and landscapes.
Historic Oakwood Cemetery contains a special area within its 102 acres, the Confederate Cemetery, located on the original two and one-half acres given for that purpose by Henry Mordecai in 1867. Herein lay nearly 1,500 Confederate soldiers. Adjoined with the Confederate Cemetery is the impressive House of Memory. Erected in 1935 to commemorate those brave soldiers of the Confederacy, today its bronze memorial plaques recognize the many North Carolina service men and women who have served our country in times of conflict.
We will spend approximately 2 hours here then eat our lunch picnic style so bring a blanket or towel to sit on. After our lunch we will take a short walk through the eastern boundary of the Oakwood National Historic District which contains one of the largest collections of Victorian-era homes in the country.
We will walk by the North Carolina State Capitol and take a quick tour of the magnificent Governor's Mansion. This is less than ¾ of a mile from the cemetery but we will be making little strides to places just off the course to see beautiful homes and landmarks.
You MUST have a photo ID to do this tour but it is free. After the tour of the Mansion we will walk just a block or two to an ice cream shop before heading back to our cars parked at the cemetery.
I do not have an exact mileage for this event but it will involve a lot of walking so wear very comfortable walking shoes.
What to bring: lunch, blanket or towel, camera, photo ID, cash for ice cream.