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Oct 26 2004 Murfreesboro

Evergreen Cemetery began as a slave cemetery for Oaklands Plantation in the mid-1800's when plantation owner, Dr. James Maney, deeded a 20-acre portion of his land to the city of Murfreesboro. Intriguing tales, historical facts and good old-fashioned stories live on through an evocative sunset cemetery tour by the staff of Oaklands Historic House Museum.

The Tour of Gravestones and Legends is a 45-minute walking tour on the deep history of the Evergreen Cemetery. Wander among the graves of some of Murfreesboro's founders and earliest citizens and revisit the fascinating lives of Mary Noailles Murfree, The Human Fly, Confederate soldiers and slaves. Also, learn about the macabre 'Dead House' and the significance of the Confederate Circle.

"Few families would place cemeteries high on their list of places to visit, but maybe they should," says James Manning, executive director of Oaklands Historic House Museum. "After all, cemeteries offer art, architecture and local history in a natural outdoor setting. And just like pictures in a museum, every monument in a cemetery tells a story."

The twilight tour will be offered on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Reservations are required by calling Oaklands Historic House Museum at (615) 893-0022. Visitors must arrive at Oaklands Visitor Center, located at 900 North Maney Avenue in Murfreesboro, 15 minutes prior to the tour for ticket purchase. After purchasing tickets, the group will reassemble at the Evergreen Cemetery on Greenland Drive. Ticket costs are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, who must be accompanied by an adult.
The shadows of the gravestones at Evergreen Cemetery will be hauntingly dim. For your safety, please bring your own lantern or flashlight, comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing is recommended.
Oaklands Historic House Museum, located at 900 North Maney Avenue in Murfreesboro, Tenn. is a nationally registered historic landmark that reflects a time of prosperity in the Old South, as well as the hardships suffered during the Civil War. For more information contact Oaklands Historic House Museum at (615) 893-0022 or email info@oaklandsmuseum.org
For more information on this advisory and additional Tennessee tourism news, contact:
Courtland Weddle
Department of Tourist Development News Bureau
(865) 584-2744
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