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September 25 & 26 | Elgin’s Bluff City Cemetery Walk

The Bluff City Cemetery Walk will be held in person on September 25 & 26, 2021, and because of the overwhelming support received last year, there will be a virtual version of the event released on October 3, 2021. 

The annual Bluff City Cemetery Walk in Elgin has been a tradition since 1987. It is organized by volunteers and staff of the Elgin History Museum. The event attracts hundreds of people to enjoy an outdoor theatrical performance and the beauty of the Bluff City Cemetery grounds. The event also seeks to educate people about Elgin’s unique history and the importance of preserving cemeteries.

Once you arrive, you will be assigned a group number and a guide that will lead your group to the first stop on the tour. At the gravesite, an actor in period costume will bring the person to life! Hear their story and the impact they had on the history of Elgin. The group will rotate to the next site on the walk to meet another past Elgin resident until all sites have been visited.

This year, the Bluff City Cemetery Walk will have timed entry tickets rather than an open all-day ticket. On Saturday, for the first time ever, the walk is being offered as an evening performance at 4pm and 6pm. Sunday performances will start at 11am and 1pm. These changes will accommodate more visitors per day, there will be less wait time during the tour and hopefully it will attract some new faces to the walk. There will be NO TICKETS AVAILABLE at the door. Ticket price is $15.00 (plus $1.74 service fee). Buy tickets today! 

Visitors will be welcomed to the historic Bluff City Cemetery that has provided the final resting place for area residents since 1889. A guide leads visitors on a 70-minute tour that showcases gravesites of six former residents and one vignette, portrayed by actors in period costumes. PLEASE NOTE: This year’s route is very uneven and hilly. Please consider the virtual version of the walk if this type of terrain does not fit your needs.The virtual version will be available on October 3rd for a $15.00 fee.

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