Tours at Oakwood Cemetery

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The historic Oakwood Cemetery in Troy has a handful of tours coming up over the next few months.

Each guided walk has it own theme, and they range from causes of death to stained glass to mausoleums to lantern light. There's a schedule below.

Here's a little bit about the cemetery:

Oakwood Cemetery is a non-sectarian, non-profit cemetery located in Troy, New York. Founded in 1848, it is one of the nation's best preserved examples of the 19th Century rural cemetery movement. The entire cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Gravesite there include "Uncle Sam" Wilson, Emma Willard, Russel Sage, and Abraham Lansing.

OK, on to the tour schedule...

Tuesday, August 22: You died how?
"We will share fascinating stories of how certain 'residents' at Oakwood departed this life: drowning, consumption, poisoning, childbirth, suicide by beer, gunshot, lost at sea, the list goes on." Led by Troy city historian Kathy Sheehan. 6 pm -- $15

Saturday, September 16: Tiffany windows, waterfalls, and a 100-mile view
"Join Ned Pratt and Michael Barrett as they introduce you to the amazing beauty and history of the Earl Chapel's Tiffany windows. You'll also see Uncle Sam's grave, and a 100 mile view, as well as ponds, waterfalls, striking gravesite markers and more. Meet at the Earl Chapel." 9 am -- $15

Saturday, October 7: Family mausoleums
"Michael Barrett will take us on a walking/driving tour of many of the intriguing mausoleums at Oakwood. He will tell us about the wealthy families that rest here and give us a rare peek inside some of these beautiful memorials. Meet at the flagpole." 9 am -- $15

Saturday, October 14: Living history: Oakwood by lantern light
"Take a unique evening tour through Oakwood with the glow of a lantern to light the way. Guides will lead us to select gravesites where we will meet costumed interpreters who will share their amazing stories. Meet at the flagpole. Bring a flashlight if you wish. Registration required: 1-800-556-6273. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a 'haunted' tour." 6 pm -- $15

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