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City Launches Moonlight Historic Cemetery Tours

Two historians will lead a tour by the light of the full moon through historic Woodlawn Cemetery, resting place of some of the area’s founding pioneers.

(West Palm Beach, FL) – You might call it West Palm Beach’s first gated community.  Woodlawn Cemetery has been called the area’s most historic cemetery. It is a living history book telling the story of those early pioneers who settled here and laid the foundation of the city.

Now, two local historians are opening those historic pages…and the gates of this historic site to guide the public through history.  Beginning Wednesday, March 27th at 8:00pm, members of the public can take a 90-minute guided tour through Woodlawn Cemetery and learn the incredible (and sometimes incredulous) stories behind the gravestones.

The cemetery is the final resting place of some of Palm Beach County’s most influential and important citizens, including a few infamous ones whose stories will also be told. The tour will focus on the pioneer era citizens who were the first to grace the shores of Lake Worth and brave its hardships, building businesses and serving the community.

The tours will be offered monthly during (yes…insert joke here), the light of the first full moon!

“There are so many tales behind the famous pioneers buried at Woodlawn, and this is a unique opportunity to have history come to life right in front of you,” said Friederike Mittner, City of West Palm Beach Historic Preservation Planner. “You really will gain a new appreciation for our past by learning about the individuals who helped build our city.”

The tours will be led by historians Janet M. DeVries and Dr. Ginger Pedersen. DeVries is vice president of the Boynton Beach Historical Society and a member of many local and national historical and genealogical societies. Pedersen frequently lectures on Palm Beach County history and is the co-author of the 2012 book, Pioneering Palm Beach: The Deweys and the South Florida Frontier.

The first tour is Wednesday, March 27th at 8:00pm. It leaves from the front gates of Woodlawn Cemetery at 1500 S. Dixie Highway.  There is no formal fee, but a small donation to the Woodlawn Foundation is appreciated.  For more information, you can contact Friederike Mittner at 822-1457.