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Cemetery walking tour set for Saturday

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WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Cemetery Advisory Board is sponsoring its annual historic walking tour at the Wake Forest Cemetery on Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The cemetery is located at 400 N. White St., less than a quarter-mile from downtown Wake Forest.

Free and open to the public, the self-guided tour will celebrate the lives of the men and women who established the Wake Forest community, as well as its culture and destiny. Docents will be stationed at various locations throughout the cemetery to share interesting stories about specific gravesites, as well as photographs of loved ones bearing their ancestral names.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the tour as a special handout will be provided highlighting interesting points of interest throughout the cemetery grounds. Designed to promote healthy interaction between a child and their parents or accompanying adult, the photos and sites highlighted in the handout will help educate visitors about the cemetery’s historical significance.

Limited parking will be permitted in designated areas of the cemetery. Overflow parking will be available at Feggins Funeral Home, 430 N. White St., Olive Branch Baptist Church, 326 E. Juniper Ave., and along North Taylor Street and East Walnut Avenue.

In case of inclement weather, updated information about the tour will be provided on the town’s Facebook page and by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule changes. In the event the May 11 tour is canceled because of rain, it will not be rescheduled.

For more information about the 2019 Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour and to access the virtual tour, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Cemetery Tour” or contact Betty Pearce at 919-435-9570 or bpearce@wakeforestnc.gov.

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