Cemetery Walk

The annual Historic Bluff City Cemetery Walk in Elgin has been a tradition since 1987. The purpose of this event is to provide insight into Elgin’s unique history and to eliminate some of the uneasiness associated with cemeteries. The Elgin Area Historical Society organizes this much anticipated event that attracts over three hundred people a year. The cemetery walk takes place on the fourth Sunday of September. Visitors are taken on a 90 minute guided tour through the scenic Bluff City Cemetery to grave sites of former residents, portrayed by actors in period costumes.  Visitors will also learn about fascinating lives and various cemetery symbolism all while strolling the expansive cemetery grounds. Visitors to the cemetery walk are encouraged to plan for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Chairs will be available at each of the vignettes but visitors will be expected to walk and stay with their guide. Cemetery walk guides try their best to speak loudly but they do not carry any amplification equipment. Visitors coming for the cemetery walk need to be aware that Bluff City Cemetery does have hills of significant size in the older portions that may or may not appear on that years route. Bluff City Blvd. is located one block south of U.S. 20 on Elgin’s east side, approximately 1/2 mile east of Liberty Street (Rt. 25). All the participants organizing and participating the event are volunteers. If you are interested in this year’s cemetery walk please click here for more information.