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Sangamon County Historical Society

Echoes of Yesteryear: A Walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery

  • October 11, 2015
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL

Oak Ridge Cemetery will once again be hosting the Sangamon County Historical Society's cemetery walk, "Echoes of Yesteryear: A Walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery" on Sunday, October 11.  

This year's guided walk will provide visitors with a glimpse into the history and heritage of Sangamon County by examining the lives of: 

Roland W. Diller (1822-1905), drug store owner and personal friend of Abraham Lincoln

Vachel Lindsay (1871-1931), poet/artist

Dr. Henry Wohlgemuth (1822-1905), a German-born physician and member of Springfield City Council, Board of Education, and County Board of Supervisors

Judge Samuel Treat (1811-1887), lawyer and judge on the Illinois Circuit Court and Supreme Court who also served as Chief Justice

Mattie Rayburn (1836-1891), wife of Methodist Bishop W. H. Rayburn 

Phoebe Florville (1804-1897), a freed slave and wife of Abraham Lincoln's barber

Rebecca Woods (1812-1865), a freed slave and servant of Nicholas Ridgely, a prominent Springfield banker

Nellie Grant Jones (1855-1922), the only daughter of President Ulysses S. Grant.  

This event is free and open to the public.  Parking will be provided in designated areas. 

In the event of rain, the makeup date for this event is scheduled for October 18.  

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact SCHS President Mary Alice Davis, or 525-1961

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