2018 Cemetery Walk

2018 Cemetery Walk

This year’s cemetery walk will be Sunday, September 23 from 11 to 3pm. 


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 twill 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