2018 Cemetery Walk

2018 Cemetery Walk

This year’s cemetery walk will be Sunday, September 23 from 11am to 3pm. There will be musicians to provide entertainment, food trucks for snacks, and the Book Bike from Gail Borden Public Library will be there with a selection of books pertaining to Elgin History. You can sign up for a library card while you are there!

Call the museum at (847) 742-4248 to sign up for the bus tours. Please arrive at 10:45am to board the bus for the 11am tour, arrive at 12:45pm to board the bus for the 1pm tour.

NEW for 2018:
• American Sign Language Tours
• Family Tour at 3pm. There will be interactive kids activities with the actors!


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 nearly six hundred people a year. Visitors are generally 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 will carry any amplification equipment.

Nellie Mann Chappell (1864-1917) -Prominent in Elgin’s Social Circles and a Mysterious Disappearance.

Franc B. Wilkie (1832-1892) – Civil War Correspondent and Editorial  writer and Author.

Margaret (Maggie) Chappell (1841-1888) – A Story of Tragic Losses.

Orlo E. Salisbury (1891-1979) – Automobile Dealer and Elgin Mayor.

Walter H. Kimball (1838-1936) – Civil War Veteran and Member of a Founding Elgin Family.



  1. Victorian Funeral Customs
  2. Spinning Wheel
  3. Zinc Monuments
  4. Care of Civil War Monuments


$15 day of event
Free for children 12 and under.
Group rates available