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Saturday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m.

Tour Historic Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, N.C.


Join Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr. Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of History at UNC Wilmington, on a two hour walking tour of historic Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, N.C., beginning at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 16. Learn about the origins of “The Cemetery” inspired by England’s rural cemetery movement in the mid-1800s, and fascinating stories of some of the locally famous folks buried within the burial ground’s massive wrought iron gate. Six year old Annie DeRosset, whose father was co-founder and first president of the cemetery’s organization, was the first burial there in 1855. Was Nancy Adams Martin really buried in a cask of rum in Oakdale after dying while on a round-the-world voyage with her father and brother in 1857? Did several pounds of gold sewn into the hem of her dress prevent the renowned Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow from making it to shore from the blockade-runner Condor in 1864? German immigrant William A. Ellerbrock and his beloved pet dog were inseparable in life and in separable in death. Learn the truth behind the legends

and much more.


“A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”


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