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Talking Tombstones: A Live Historic Sugar Grove Cemetery Tour

October 23, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Save the date: The Clinton County History Center’s first-ever “Talking Tombstones” — a live Historic Sugar Grove Cemetery tour — will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m and 4-6 p.m.

Experience the personal stories of some of Clinton County’s famous and historical citizens who now lie at rest among the landscape of this beautiful “outdoor museum” called Sugar Grove Cemetery. Join the History Center for a self-guided walking tour to meet many of the people who made Clinton County what it is today.

Costumed interpreters will represent residents from the past and await you at their gravestones.

General James W. Denver and his wife, Louise, Azariah Doan, Robert Wickersham, Sarah and Daniel J. Foland, Mary E. Taylor Adams – the first local Civil War nurse — and many more, and the 48th Ohio Civil War Reenactors will be there!

The Kava Kart will offering coffee and other hot beverages for purchase during the 4-6pm time slots of the tour.

Bring the entire family to enjoy this unique historical experience! Self-guided tours depart every half hour during the two time slots. Please arrive promptly 5-10 minutes prior to your ticketed time for check-in purposes. Children 10 and younger enter for FREE with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Purchase tickets here: https://talking-tombstones-tour2021.eventbrite.com

Additional Event Information:

The Clinton County History Center’s first-ever “Talking Tombstones” — a live Historic Sugar Grove Cemetery tour — will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m and 4-6 p.m.

Only cemetery sections 1-3, 6 and The Grove will be highlighted in this tour. An ASL sign language interpreter will be available as needed; please notify us ahead of time if you require this service and the time slot you wish to attend.

Comfortable walking shoes are encouraged. Limited golf cart transportation shuttle stops will be available for those with restricted mobility. Handicap parking will be inside the cemetery gates, all other parking will be located along Truesdell Street (parking map coming soon).

Pre-sale tickets are available online or for purchase at the History Center at 149 E. Locust St. from Oct. 1 to Oct. 22.

Physical tickets can be purchased at the Center weekly, Wednesday-Friday 9-11 a.m. or 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Active History Center member tickets cost $10 (*use the provided membership discount code*), and non-members cost $15 for pre-sale.

Day-of-event tickets will be available onsite at the cemetery: Active History Center members cost is $15, non-members will cost $20 at the gates.

Please remember, this is the Society’s only fundraiser in two years due to COVID-19 restrictions. Tickets are non-refundable. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 24 with the same times set. Also note by purchasing a ticket and participating in this event you are entering Sugar Grove Cemetery at your own risk. The majority of our tour is on blacktop, however it does sometime venture onto uneven ground and some hills. Please use cation when attending.

Special Thank You to Our Event Supporters:

• Brown Funeral Home, Wilmington

• Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau

• Edgington Funeral Home, Wilmington

• Littleton Funeral Home, Sabina

• Merchants National Bank, Wilmington

• Smith Funeral Home, Wilmington

• Sugar Grove Cemetery

• The City of Wilmington

• The Loft on Main

• Wilmington News Journal


October 23, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Sugar Grove Cemetery
297 W. Truesdell Street
Wilmington, OH 45177 United States
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