The guided tour of the Cemetery will take place from 11-3 p.m. at the Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd. on Elgin’s southeast side. Tour guides will escort groups through the cemetery to seven different characters who will talk about their life and impact on Elgin history. This year the Society will be also be creating a family friendly tour at 3 pm. The volunteer interpreters will create an interactive experience for young families.
The annual Historic Bluff City Cemetery Walk in Elgin has been a tradition since 1987. The purpose of this event is to provide insight into Elgin’s unique history and to eliminate some of the uneasiness associated with cemeteries. The Elgin Area Historical Society organizes this much anticipated event that attracts nearly six hundred people a year. Visitors are taken on a 90 minute guided tour through the scenic Bluff City Cemetery to grave sites of former residents, portrayed by actors in period costumes. Visitors will also learn about fascinating lives and various cemetery symbolism all while strolling the expansive cemeterygrounds. Chairs will be available at each of the vignettes but visitors will be expected to walk and stay with their guide.
For the 31st Annual Cemetery Walk on September 23, come meet some of the people who helped to make Elgin great:
Nellie Mann Chappell (1864-1917) -Prominent in Elgin’s Social Circles and a Mysterious Disappearance.
Franc B. Wilkie (1832-1892) – Civil War Correspondent and Editorial writer and Author.
Margaret (Maggie) Chappell (1841-1888) – A Story of Tragic Losses.
Orlo E. Salisbury (1891-1979) – Automobile Dealer and Elgin Mayor.
Walter H. Kimball (1838-1936) – Civil War Veteran and Member of a Founding Elgin Family.
There will also be short vignettes.
For those with limited mobility to take the tour, there will be a free bus with an on-board guide. Reservations for the for teh 11 am and 1 pm bus are needed in advance. There will also be a small food court with hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn and ice cream reasonably priced.
We hope to see you there! Tickets are available starting August 15 at the Elgin History Museum, Ace Hardware on Spring Street and on Lillian Street.
$12 in advance
$10 for Elgin History Museum members and seniors 65+
$15 the day of the Walk (children under 12 are free)
For further information, call us at 847-742-4248.