Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Reserve Your Spot Now for the November 4 Friends of Evergreen Veterans Day Historic Tour




The Friends of Evergreen and the Fort Thomas Museum will co-sponsor a unique tour of Evergreen Cemetery on November 4 as part of their Veterans Day remembrance. The cemetery is more than a burial ground. Its strategic geography played a pivotal role in the defense of Fort Thomas, Newport, and Cincinnati and evidence of its military past will be part of the tour.

Located in the Hiland Building, 18 N. Fort Thomas Ave. 
Call Ashley Barlow. 859-781-5777. This is an advertisement. 
There are about 275 veterans buried in Evergreen Cemetery as well as a number of notable people who were instrumental in the settlement and development of the area.  Deanna Beineke, one of the organizers, says,  “Special attention will be given to … two Medal of Honor recipients buried there: Thomas Doherty… and William Horsfall, the youngest Medal of Honor recipient.”  



The tour will be led by Scott Froendhoff, museum board member and Evergreen volunteer. Beineke adds that the tour will also visit military sites within the cemetery like “Shaler Battery, built as part of defensive ring of batteries surrounding Cincinnati during Civil War.”


Patrons will board the Executive Transportation bus in the parking lot of the Highlander Event Center across the street from Evergreen. The bus will hold up to 30 people so there will be a first priority for passengers who have difficulty walking long distances.

“Although not the first, Evergreen is the largest and oldest cemetery in Campbell County still in operation,” Beineke says.  “Many, but not all, graves from Newport Cemetery were relocated here; James Taylor, founder of Campbell County and Newport was reportedly moved here by his son.”  Graves date back into the 1840s.  A few of the prominent graves include Senator Brent Spence, James Taylor, and architect C. C. Weber.


The  Fort Thomas Museum and Friends of Evergreen are planning a series of tours in the spring that Beineke says “that will explore more history of the cemetery, including how to "read" a cemetery, the cemetery's famous and infamous "residents," and the importance it is to preserve that history.” See the information below to reserve a seat for the tour.

            Tours: 1:00 - 3:00 for the 2 hour tour 
            Shuttle from Event Center to cemetery
            Reception: 3:00 - 5:00 at museum with cider and cookies
            Call Linda Slone at 859-750-9532 to reserve your place.



1 comment:

  1. Is it for all veterans in the cemetery, or, just for the civil war ones?

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