I’ve mentioned all week about the Old Gray Cemetery Lantern tour this Sunday, but what I’ve not talked about is what your ticket cost goes towards?
To get in on Sunday it is $10 dollars, $5 dollars for students with a student ID, and an extra $5 dollars for the horse and carriage ride around the cemetery that will also tell you more info about who is buried there and some more of Knoxville’s history. If you don’t want to go on the carriage ride there will also be walking tours available.
Other activities will be caricature artist, a balloon twister, and much more that will be free!
Your donation goes to keeping the trees trimmed, the grass mowed, the headstones fixed and put where they need to be. You can also give to their Trees, Trails, and Tradition Campaign.
This Campaign was developed to keep our history preserved through Old Gray Cemetery. To upkeep the grounds, the headstones are sometimes pushed over or the weather will knock them down. The donation goes to keep the tradition alive and restore the Ella Albers Fountain.
Originally in 1890 the Ella Albers Foundation was the anchor to the main drive. It was built by A.J. Albers in Memory of his deceased wife but was destroyed during world war II. The design is to represent the memory of the dead and also offer hope and inspiration to the living.
This event is not just for fun; however, when you come on Sunday you are helping keep Knoxville’s History alive. I’ll see you there. This is definitely an event you don’t want to miss! Sunday September 24 Old Gray Cemetery 4-7 and tell them your go to girl for Knoxville sent you!