Historic Oakwood Cemetery
Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 3pm by visitRaleigh
Are you a Civil war or history buff? Looking for something a little out of the ordinary and rich with our country’s history? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, then Historic Oakwood Cemetery may be a place for you to look into.
Located on Oakwood Avenue in Raleigh, the cemetery is just minutes away from the State Capitol building. Rich with southern history, the cemetery contains a special section entitled the Confederate Cemetery where 1,500 Confederate soldiers have been laid to rest. The House of Memory is also a part of the cemetery. Built in 1935, this beautiful building was meant to commemorate and keep the Confederate soldiers’ legacies alive. However, if you tour the building today, you will find several plaques honoring N.C. men and woman who have dedicated their service to their country throughout the years.
The cemetery also offers an annual Lantern Walk if you happen to be in the area during its most beautiful season, autumn! The walk includes a night tour of the Confederate section of the cemetery where patrons can stand back in awe as Civil War history is acted out and relived right before their eyes. Check their Web site for more details as the tour is only offered at certain times.
If the civil war and Southern history spark your interest, don’t miss this opportunity to walk through Raleigh’s oldest, private, non-profit cemetery. Take pictures, wander through the House of Memory, or even take a tour; this place is brimming with history to learn and sights to see!