Guided History Walk, Oakdale Cemetery

Saturday, July 13, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

On Saturday, July 13, the walk through Historic Oakdale Cemetery will begin at 10 a.m. in the cemetery on U.S. 64 W. Oakdale is Hendersonville’s municipal cemetery, and most of the town’s early residents and colorful citizens are buried here.

Cost for each tour is $10 per person 10 years and older. Children under 10 are free with a paid adult. Space is limited and reservations are suggested.

Four popular guided history walks will be offered in July on Saturday mornings in Hendersonville. These 90-plus minute walks explore various historic areas of town.

The famous Italian marble monument which inspired the title of Thomas Wolfe’s novel Look Homeward, Angel is in Oakdale, along with both marked and unmarked graves of historic figures.

The heritage of the African-American community is told in the Black section of the cemetery, while the designated Jewish cemetery reveals how the town grew to embrace ethnic and religious groups through the years.

How and why the cemetery was established in 1883, names of those who helped build the town and where they were laid to rest, where the Sunshine Lady is buried, and more questions will be answered.

To make reservations or for more information, contact Padgett at 828-545-3179 or email Visit

Oakdale Cemetery