Historic Maplewood Cemetery Tour Summer | 2020
815 Kent Street, Kent Street Entry
Saturday, July 25, Aug. 1 & 15
9:00am & 11:00am
Beat Covid cabin fever and immerse yourself in Durham’s history by joining a small-group tour of historic Maplewood Cemetery. These tours, led by our knowledgeable guides.
Maplewood was created in 1872 as Durham’s very first public amenity. The cemetery is Durham’s very first public space and its very first planned space. It is a garden of memories and our oldest repository of public art. In Maplewood are buried captains of industry, famous educators, great philanthropists, and ordinary people. In the cemetery are reposed the origins of many Durham legends and icons. There are stories of war and disease and the struggle against both. There are stories of love and of prejudice, of triumph and tragedy. Learn about funerary customs and grave architecture. Enjoy the peace and solemnity of one of the city’s great historic treasures.
Groups are limited to 10 people per group | Social distancing will be practiced | All persons must bring & wear their own face masks
Non-members: $15.06 (incl. fees & sales tax)
PD members: Free!
RSVP online at https://maplewoodcemeterywalks.eventbrite.com
Arrive on time! | Tours are 1 hour and 45 minutes | Look for the Preservation Durham Banner on Kent Street
Tour goers will learn about Durham history, Durham people of all walks of life, tombstones and grave architecture.
Facial masks are mandatory during the tour. Wear sensible walking shoes and, if it is sunny, wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
We will provide cold bottled water and hand sanitizer, but there are no bathroom facilities.
Maplewood Cemetery is perhaps the only major place intimately involved with the City of Durham that has survived essentially intact from Durham’s earliest days to the present.