James K Polk Home Hosts Candlelit Cemetery Tour

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Ghosts of Greenwood

Columbians of the past come to life at their gravesites for GHOSTS OF GREENWOOD, a special candlelit historic cemetery tour on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Greenwood Cemetery, North Garden Street Columbia, TN 38401!

Meet men and women like Ophelia Polk Hayes, James K. Polk’s notoriously hot-headed sister; General Richard Winn, famed Revolutionary War leader; David Campbell, who was enslaved by the Campbell family; Sarah McNeill, the first victim of the 1844 “black tongue” epidemic, and more!

DETAILS: Guides will lead tours through the cemetery to featured gravesites where Columbians will “come to life” to share their stories. Tours start every thirty minutes. Online ticket sales end Friday, October 22nd, at 11:59p. Please check email and the Polk Home & Museum social media accounts for weather-related announcements. The James K. Polk Home & Museum, in partnership with Watershed Public Theatre are pleased to be hosting this event.

Greenwood Cemetery, established in 1809, is the oldest public cemetery in Columbia, Tennessee. Along with many prominent members of the town’s earliest history, Greenwood is the burial site of Samuel and Jane Polk, parents of President James K. Polk, and most of their immediate family.

FOR YOUR SAFETY: Guests must be able to stand for the duration of the tour (about 45-60 minutes) and should be comfortable walking on uneven surfaces in dim lighting conditions. Please maintain six feet of distance between yourself and members not in your party. Limited tickets are available to facilitate social distancing. Guests should avoid touching, stepping on, or leaning on gravestones. Please stay with your tour and follow all instructions presented by staff.

This event is family-friendly!

All proceeds benefit the James K. Polk Memorial Association, the nonprofit organization that preserves and operates the President James K. Polk Home & Museum. Special thanks to the City of Columbia!

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ghosts-of-greenwood-tickets-177473657487 for more information and tickets.

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