Join the WBA for a walking tour of Mount Auburn Cemetery on Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 pm (rain date: Sunday).
Led by Bill Clendaniel '67, President and CEO of Mount Auburn Cemetery from 1988-2008, this tour during the beauty of spring color will include some of the history, architecture, horticulture, and noted figures buried in the cemetery. Bill has led a number of tours for the WBA, and he plans to follow a new route through the beautiful Mount Auburn grounds concentrating on some more modern parts of the cemetery. The tour will last 1 ½ hrs, perhaps more if desired, but any one is free to leave at any time. Bill will give you directions back to your car or the entrance.
Mount Auburn Cemetery, located in Watertown and Cambridge and begun in 1831, was the first, large-scale designed landscape open to the public in North America. Its popularity as both a cemetery and a place to stroll in a beautiful natural setting and admire the monuments of the rich and famous soon led to the creation of other “rural” cemeteries throughout the United States and Canada. In time it sparked the idea of having public parks, and Central Park in New York City, the nation’s first, was begun in 1859.
Today Mount Auburn is a renowned horticultural landscape while still an active cemetery. It is a destination for over 200,000 people a year who bird watch, study horticulture, architecture and sculpture, visit the graves of the nation’s famous men and women in all fields of endeavor, do research in its archives, paint the landscape, or just take a quiet stroll in a lovely setting.
Bill will share stories of many of the permanent Mount Auburn residents who built this country, show you some of the interesting monuments and answer any questions you may have about cemeteries and their work as well as about Mount Auburn specifically. For more information please visit mountauburn.org.
Please RSVP now to reserve your place on the tour. Space is limited and Bill’s previous tours have quickly filled up. We will keep a wait list for anyone who cannot register.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Rain date Sunday, April 30 at same time. Note: in the case of inclement weather on Saturday, we will send an update that morning.
Directions: enter the main gate off Mt. Auburn St., go straight ahead past Story Chapel on the left, take the first left, Fountain Ave, just past the Chapel on the left. Follow the solid green line past Halcyon Lake on the left, then past the pink granite crypts on the right. Then take the first right, Larch Ave, then the second left on Oak Ave. Park on Oak. If you get lost, please call Bill at 617-784-7887.
If you’re planning to bike, please note you’ll have to leave your bike on the racks by the entrance and either walk or catch a ride to the starting point of the tour. Everyone walking or taking public transportation should budget about fifteen minutes to walk to the start of the tour within the cemetery.