On April 9, 10:00 - 1:00, we are having a cemetery tour at Oakwood Cemetery, 1601 Navasota. Members of Save Austin's Cemeteries, history enthusiasts, and descendants will be on hand to talk about and guide tours to the grave sites of people who helped in Texas' fight for independence and statehood. A Tombstone Cleaning Demonstration is also scheduled.
A couple of reminders about visiting Oakwood: Pets are not allowed in COA-owned cemeteries, so please make plans to leave your dogs, pigs, and other leashed friends at home that morning. Sidewalks run along the main road at Oakwood, but some paths you might walk along are made of gravel and/or dirt/grass. Please keep that in mind when choosing your footwear for the tours.
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Save Austin's Cemeteries is proud to offer Austin's Historic Oakwood Cemetery: Under the Shadow of the Texas Capitol for sale. Oakwood Cemetery is a collection of graves and also of stories.
These stories of Austin's beginnings form the foundation of a modern metropolis and have created the vibrant cultural and political heart of Texas.
In compiling this volume of narratives and photographs, we hoped to create connections from Austin's start as a 19th century wild outpost to the 21st century city we know today. If you've visited Oakwood, even if you've only driven through on Main Street, you cannot have missed the names Zilker, Kreisle, and Scarbrough on the monuments that line either side of the street. If you've explored a bit further, more familiar names appear along the shady lanes, and questions begin. Who exactly were these people, why are their names all over town, what did they contribute to Austin? And who are the others, and are there nameless ones--surely there are many?
The tales and pictures in this book will answer some of those questions. In our continuing preservation work in Oakwood Cemetery, we've learned its stories from the shades and shadows and we're eager to share them with you. $16.25 each including sales tax. 6"x9" paperback with 126 pages, black and white photographs on semi-gloss paper. Shipping & handling $5.95 (for up to 6 books).
Watch for information on upcoming Texas history tour in April!