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20 October 2008 @ 10:36 am
For those in or near Tampa, FL  
The Tampa Historical Society is having their annual 'Gothic Cemetery Walk' at Oaklawn Cemetery, downtown Tampa.

Here's info from the City of Tampa web site:

October 2, 2008 - Get ready for Halloween with friends: new, old, and dead. Historian/actor Maureen Patrick is the guide for an always factual, often touching, frequently hilarious walking tour of Oaklawn Cemetery, Tampa's Victorian-era graveyard. The tour takes place at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2008. Oaklawn Cemetery is located at 606 E. Harrison Street.

The burying ground, founded in 1850, is the City’s final resting place for many early area notables, including 13 mayors, veterans of seven wars, and victims of five yellow fever epidemics. Elegant 19th century grave art, moss-hung oaks, and winding brick pathways give Oaklawn a gothic feel, while tombstone epitaphs range from the genteel to the ridiculous. Patrick will appear in elaborate nineteenth century mourning attire, in the character of Miss Prudence Fipwhistle (born 1855, died 1899.)

A $5 donation is requested at the tour’s end and benefits Tampa Historical Society, a 501(c) 3 organization. For more information, please call (813) 831-5214 or e-mail: info@historicguides.com.

Here's a guide to cemeteries run by the City of Tampa.
 
 
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