Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Offering Cemetery Tours
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
Charlottesville's oldest public cemetery is home to two centuries of history. Maplewood Cemetery is the resting site for dozens of people who helped shape the city into what it is today. Now, the Charlottesville Albemarle Historical Society wants to give people a closer look inside.
The historical society just started giving tours of two of the city's public cemeteries. Staff are also giving tours at the city's historic Oakwood Cemetery and a private cemetery called Riverview.
Steven Meeks, the president of the historical society, said Maplewood Cemetery is the resting place of several notable people, including the first Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, people who built the University of Virginia and those who built Monticello. It is also the resting place for Ben Ficklin, one of the founders of the Pony Express.
On the new tours, historical society staff break down the symbolism on the graves. "Having a tour guide helps to sort of bring back, give some of those stones, markers, life again," said Meeks. "Some of these people were very remarkable but there's nothing here to say exactly what they did in life."
The historical society is also cleaning and repairing grave sites.
The tours are offered Thursday through Sunday at various times. For more information visit the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society website or find them on Facebook
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