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Jefferson’s Historic Cemetery Tour

Jefferson’s Historic Cemetery Tour

Jeff Campbell / Jeff In Jefferson

Historic characters offer spirited stories during historic Jefferson’s cemetery tour on Saturday, April 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (last tour departs) at Old Oakwood Cemetery. Pre-registration is strongly recommended at or call 903.665.7963. Photo by Rhenda Gray

JEFFERSON- Jefferson’s Oakwood Cemetery dates all the way back to 1846. It’s not only a historical site but also a place to appreciate natures beauty, the landscaping and the iron & stone work. As any historical site of this age, preservation and maintenance are very important. This Saturday, April 28,  the Old Oakwood Cemetery Association and Riverport Ambassadors are hosting a tour to support the well being of the cemetery.

This cemetery tour is a little different than others though; as Jeffersonians of today will be in character portraying Jeffersonians of the past at their final resting place. The historical characters include Sergeant Daniel Murphy, Reverend E.D. Benner’s children, Renegade Cullen Baker and Pioneer Lucy Ann Alley.

Lucy Anne Alley (played by Diana Walla) will greet visitors to her grave on Saturday, April 28, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Perhaps you'll join this gracious lady and wife to 1800's Jefferson founder for a cup of tea. Photo by Rhenda Gray

American Sergeant Daniel Murphy served and died in Jefferson during reconstruction. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery during the Civil War.
In the 1880’s infant mortality was an all too common occurrence. Hear the story of the Reverend Benner’s children and how they became a part of this tragic statistic of the 1800’s.

Renegade Cullen Baker was once the most feared Gunman in Texas. He was known to carry four six-guns, a double barrel shotgun, six knives and a derringer, just in case!
Lucy Ann Alley was the wife of one of Jefferson’s cofounders Daniel Alley. Here her story of Jefferson life in the 1800’s.

I hope you will join us this Saturday, April 28, in Jefferson for this historic tour. Tours run from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and the price of admission is a donation. The cemetery is just north of the historic downtown district at the corner of E Webster and N Main.For more info call 903-665-7963.

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