Day 13: Tour the Old City Cemetery

13 Jan

I find cemeteries fascinating, with each headstone telling a story about the person lying just below your feet. Tallahassee’s Old City Cemetery was established in 1829 and is now owned and operated by the City of Tallahassee. It is free and open to the public, with general hours of “sunup to sundown.” The cemetery itself tells the history of Tallahassee and Florida. It used to be segregated, with white people buried on the eastern side and black people on the western side. During the Civil War, confederates were buried amongst the whites and Union soldiers buried amongst the blacks. Visitors can take walking tours of the cemetery, with handy brochures showcasing plots worth pausing at. Visiting Old City is a reflective and oddly moving experience. You will leave with a deeper appreciation of Florida history and your own mortality.

Address: North Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. between Call and Park Avenues.


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