Historic Maplewood Cemetery Special Halloween Tour

Durham, NC
Saturday October 29
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Historic Maplewood Cemetery Special Halloween Tour
October 29 at 9am & 11am

Celebrate Durham history and Halloween with a guided tour of Durham’s famous Old Maplewood Cemetery. Preservation Durham tour guides will tell stories of triumph and tragedy, joy and sorrow, wealth and poverty, lives long and short. In this special Halloween edition of PD’s Maplewood tour, we will focus on death by war, disease, accident, foul play, and a fall from a great height. Our stories will be mournful and occasionally hair-raising!  Learn about funerary traditions and grave art and architecture. All this in what is perhaps Durham’s loveliest urban open space. Preservation Durham will not be blamed if you have trouble sleeping after this tour!

There are TWO tours, one at 9am and one at 11am.

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.

Cost: $12/person ($15.06 including fees + taxes) | FREE for Preservation Durham members
Guests must order tickets in advance. ORDER TICKETS HERE.

Please sign up right away- spaces are limited. Tours last about 1 ½  hours.

The tours will begin at the Kent Street entrance to the cemetery near the intersection of Kent and Morehead Avenue (look for the Preservation Durham banner).

Please Note:

• Be on time

• Meet at the Kent Street entrance

• Look for the Preservation Durham banner

• Wear sensible shoes and comfortable clothing

• There are no public bathrooms so people should remember what mom said, “go before you get in the car.”