Historic Maplewood Cemetery Walks | Summer 2020

Historic Maplewood Cemetery Tours  Summer 2020

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.
When: July 25, Aug. 1, 15, 29 & Sept. 5
Time: 9:00am and 11:00am
Where: 815 Kent Street, Durham, NC
Historic Maplewood Cemetery (Kent Street Entrance)
Non-Members Cost: $12/person ($15.06 incl. fees & taxes)
Current Members Cost: Free! (membership status will be verified)
Tour Duration: 1hr 45 minutes
Must pay in advance! No cash.

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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.

Take Note...

  • limited to ten (10) people per tour walk
  • facemasks required
  • and social distancing will be practiced.

Rules & Guidelines

  • Be on time.
  • Meet at the Kent Street entrance.
  • Look for the Preservation Durham banner.
  • Must bring and wear your own masks.
  • Hand sanitizer and cold bottled water available.


  • Wear sensible shoes and comfortable clothing.
  • It may be hot so bring...
  • Sunglasses and hats.
  • Sunscreen a must, but people must bring their own.
  • There are no public bathrooms so people should remember what mom said, “go before you get in the car.”