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History & Exercise/Oakwood Cemetery

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event! I would have never gone without this event being organized. Thank you Betsy!

    April 14, 2013

  • Karen F.

    Perfect day and great group of people!!

    April 14, 2013

  • Deb S

    This was a great meetup. Enjoyed all of the history and the pleasant company.

    April 14, 2013

  • Janet D.

    It was fun and interesting to see the cemetery and talk with people about the history

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great idea !! Thanks for coordinating it.

    April 13, 2013

  • Nicholas E

    Are we getting a guided tour of the cemetery? If so, who is the guide? I was just curious.

    April 11, 2013

    • Betsy

      When you turn into the cemetery just keep going all the way through the gate and you will see me up here in a pink shirt

      April 13, 2013

    • Betsy

      You just park wherever you can find a spot

      April 13, 2013

  • Shawn

    I am so sorry....My plane got in late and I just don't think I can make it there today....

    April 13, 2013

  • Betsy

    If you are not confirmed on the yes RSVP side or as a guest please do not crash this event we have more than enough people for the event

    April 12, 2013

  • Greg

    Hate to cancel. Good news, bad news. Bad news is missing out on a place I've wanted to see for quite some time. Good news is I now have a job interview to prepare for a very promising land protection job! I hope you all have a great time!

    April 11, 2013

  • Karen F.

    Thanks Terry, I think I got your spot! I'm psyched!

    April 11, 2013

    • Terry A.

      It should be a fun outing, enjoy!

      April 11, 2013

  • Terry A.

    As much as I was looking forward to this meetup, I must remove my name from the attendance list. Hope the next person on the waiting list enjoys the walk!

    April 11, 2013

  • Betsy

    Anyone that cancels within 6 hours of the event will be counted as a no show

    April 8, 2013

  • Betsy

    I just received an email from the Oakwood Mngnt. They said it is very beautiful this Spring. We can have as many as we want for all of this but not for the Govenor's Mansion tour. That is limited. If you are willing to sit out that part & would like to do the rest...plz let me know & I will add you to the Going spots

    April 4, 2013

  • Nicholas E

    Wait list me.

    Jesse Helms is also buried there.

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Betsy

    Sorry but dogs are not permitted for this event

    April 3, 2013

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