Take of tour of one of Culpeper’s oldest cemeteries this weekend on the Culpeper Trolley Tour.
A candlelight tour of Fairview Cemetery will be held Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Fairview cemetery dates back to 1855. Also known as Citizens’ Cemetery and Antioch Cemetery, Fairview Cemetery includes a contributing mid-19th-century municipal cemetery, an early-20th-century African-American cemetery, a monument to Confederate dead (1881), an enclosure wall, and a caretaker’s lodge.
This is likely the first public tour of the cemetery, said Diane Logan, trolley tour coordinator for the Culpeper Department of Tourism.
“The cemetery is significant because of the people buried there,” Logan said. “We hope to expand on it because there is so much history.”
One of the highlights of the tour is the Confederate monument and discussion of the day the monument was dedicated.
One of the more famous soldiers, Capt. William Farley, was interned at the cemetery but was relocated in 2002 when he was buried in South Carolina.
Logan said that the tour will focus on some of the dignitaries buried at the cemetery but also on regular folk such as doctors, lawyers and average citizens.
“Try to do a good mix of the stories we try to present,” Logan said.
Tickets are still available for both Friday and Saturday but she said the Saturday event is filling up quickly.
A tour of three wineries is also being planned for November, focusing on the history of wineries in Culpeper County.
The Fairview tour begins and ends at the Historic Train Depot in Downtown Culpeper, where you will board the trolley to embark upon Fairview Cemetery. Glow sticks and battery operated candles will be provided, but we ask that you come prepared for and hour plus long walking tour in the dark.