Cemetery Walking Tour

2017 Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour
Saturday, May 20; 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

*** Rescheduled from May 13 due to threat of inclement weather ***
Wake Forest Cemetery, 400 N. White St.

Sponsored by the Wake Forest Cemetery Advisory Board and the Town of Wake Forest, the annual Cemetery Walking Tour offers unique insight into the lives of Wake Forest residents from generations past.

Docents will be stationed at various family plots throughout the cemetery to share interesting stories about specific gravesites, as well as small artifacts and photographs of loved ones bearing their ancestral names.

Once again this year, Frank Powell and other representatives of the Sons of Confederate Veterans are expected to be on hand to talk about soldiers who served in the War Between the States. They add authentic drama clad in Confederate uniforms and other regalia including old Civil War firearms. There will also be ladies in period costume from the same era and Scottish bagpipe players John and Emily Sprague.

Representatives of the Wake Forest Junior ROTC, under the direction of Colonel Dimitri Belmont, will appear as color guard in the opening ceremony. The JROTC will also provide parking and other assistance. 

Parents are encouraged to bring their children. This year there will be a special children’s hand-out highlighting interesting artifacts on the grounds. Designed for interaction between a child and their parents or accompanying adult, the photos and sites will help educate them about the historical significance of the cemetery as they locate significant places during the self-guided tour.

This event is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, the Cemetery Walking Tour will be held Saturday, May 20. Parking is available within the cemetery grounds.

If you have a family member buried at the cemetery and would like to tell their story or would like more information, please contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570.

Walking Tour App
Complete information about this year's Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour is provided through the "Cem Tour" function on the Town of Wake Forest app. Download the app for instant access to information about the cemetery tour, including parking, weather updates, contact information and more! IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the app by searching for “Town of Wake Forest" on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code provided at www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.

Tour Handouts