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Chill at Oak Hill Cemetery Tours

October 17, 2020

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Wednesdays thru Saturdays in October (beginning 10/14)
Chill at Oak Hill Cemetery Tours

Tour the oldest operating burial ground in Janesville

Choose a safe way to take one or two different educational tours of Oak Hill, the oldest operating burial ground in Janesville. Guided tours bring history to life by sharing stories of the dead, researched by local history experts.

Masks and socially distancing will be in place; maximum tour size is 20 people. All tours last approximately one (1) hour.

All tours are outdoors at 1725 N. Washington St., Janesville.

Burials, Folklore and the Role of the Cemetery

Why was the first person buried in a cemetery considered unlucky? According to superstition, what does it mean if it thunders after a funeral? While visiting the graves of many of the grounds’ most interesting residents, hear the superstitions and history of all things related to cemeteries – including coffins, the symbolism of headstones, and the history of embalming.

Tour dates & times:

  • Wednesdays thru Saturdays in October (beginning Oct. 14)
  • 2PM and 4PM on each tour date

The Women of Oak Hill

This tour celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. Many of the women buried in Oak Hill were trailblazers, and you’ll visit some of them in this fascinating tour.

Start with the real story behind Carrie Jacobs Bond, a famous songwriter and Janesville resident well known for writing I Love You Truly, and move on to nearly a dozen more. From their accomplishments to their celebrity, hear the true stories of these inspiring women.

Tour dates & times:

  • Wednesdays thru Saturdays in October (beginning Oct. 14)
  • 1PM, 3PM, and 5PM on each tour date

Tickets & tour information

Tickets are $10. Purchase yours in advance online or by calling RCHS at 608-756-4509. If space allows, tickets will be sold at the cemetery immediately preceding each tour (cash only).

Tours are educational in nature and are not a “haunted” experience. Oak Hill is a working cemetery. All headstones, mausoleums, and burial plots should be treated with respect.

Tour-goers should meet at the Oak Hill Chapel and are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather, as it can be cold and rainy in October. Tours will be canceled only if there is lighting.


October 17, 2020
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Rock County Historical Society
(608) 756-4509 ext. 300


Oak Hill Cemetery
1725 N. Washington St.
Janesville,WI53548United States
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