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“Great history”

Historic Oakwood Cemetery
Ranked #23 of 155 things to do in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

This cemetery is a great place to go and remember the ones we have lost and also to appreciate the cultural differences in how people were treated when they passed away. The oldest grave I found when I went was from the 1880's. There is a plot for confederate soldiers that is well over a block.

Thank Kaitlyn K
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

A beautiful cemetery full of history. It was founded in 1869 when 2 1/2 acres were given for the Confederate Cemetery. It has since grown to over 102 acres. The rolling hills give it almost a park-like feel. You can check their website for the list of notables buried there.

1  Thank cheryl h
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

We have lived in Raleigh for almost 30 years and had never visited our Historic Oakwood Cemetery. We noticed there was a "First Friday Tour" at 7:30pm so we signed up. There were around 60 of us and they split us up into three tour groups. We chose the "the Love on the Rocks" tour.

It is a lovely, peaceful walk - (wear comfortable shoes) with lots of old trees and rolling hills. Our guide on the hour and a half tour showed us interesting graves of the famous and not so famous. You will see Jim Valvano, Jesse Helms and Elizabeth Edward's final resting place.

Next time we will most likely visit the graves of 1,200 buried confederate soldiers.

2  Thank Shirley D
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

We were walking down Oakwood to see the historic homes and ended up here when we were turning around. Very cool place, historic! Civil war graves and history.

Thank jurssica
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

Okay, so visiting a cemetery may sound a little creepy. However, this is a very special place. It's in the heart of Historic Oakwood. Civil war graves, many elaborate "old Raleigh" graves. It's a beautiful, peaceful place and it holds so much history. Get out of your comfort zone, and just give this a shot. I think you'll find it was worth the chance.

1  Thank JeanC1
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