Discover a NEW tour focusing on 11 past Rock County residents commemorated with streets or buildings named after them
Experience a new educational tour of Oak Hill, the oldest operating burial ground in Janesville. This year’s open-house style tours bring history to life, featuring historical interpreters sharing the rich stories of some of the county’s most honored past residents – each researched by local history experts.
Just a few of the tour’s fascinating past residents highlighted in this year’s tours include:
- Thomas Ruger and his three sons. Thomas relocated to Janesville in 1844, serving the Episcopal Church, and later became the director of the Janesville Free Academy. Ruger Avenue in Janesville is named in his honor.
- General George Randall, whose rich military career spanned more than 40 years and several countries. A promoter of peace, Randall Avenue in Janesville is named after George Randall. In addition, a troop carrier ship was named after him in 1944.
- And nine more intriguing past Rock County residents!
Tour dates and ticketing information
All tours are self-guided. Way finders will assist.
Tickets are $10 per person. This is an “open house”-style event, meaning your ticket can be used for any one (1) date during our 2021 Chill at Oak Hill tour schedule, and you can arrive at any point during the scheduled hours.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate with cash or check, or online in advance using a credit card (see below).
Location: Oak Hill Cemetery, 1725 N. Washington Street, Janesville.
Dates and times:
- Saturday, Oct. 23, 1 – 5 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 24, 1 – 5 p.m.
- Wednesday, Oct. 27, 4 – 6 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 28, 4 – 6 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 29, 4 – 6 p.m.
- Saturday, October 30, 1 – 5 p.m.
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.