Oakdale Cemetery offers summer walking tours


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington will kick off its summer walking tour series this Saturday.

Oakdale was the first cemetery in North Carolina started in 1852. It is the 13th oldest in the United States.

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There is a lot of history inside the gates, and Superintendent Eric Kozen shared just a few stories that will be on tours.

“This is actually the grave site of Captain Ellerbrock, and he was a riverboat captain down on the river,” Kozen said. “John here actually passed away on September 30, 1862. When people go in and out of Wilmington, airplanes fly directly right over his grave site.”

With more than 20,000 people buried within the gates, Kozen says their summer walking tour series will only touch on a little of all the history.

The series of tours begins this Saturday at 10 a.m. meeting at 520 N. 15th St. The cost is $10. The tour lasts approximately two hours.

The list of all the tours given this summer —> Schedule

Oakdale is open seven days a week from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and free for the public.