August Newsletter and Virtual Oakwood Cemetery Tour announced

Enjoy our 2020 August newsletter! Catch up with the Society’s happenings, read an update on preserving the Hitchcock/Goodale Farmhouse foundations, and enjoy a little history (both old and new)!

We’ve also launched the Virtual Oakwood Cemetery Tour on our Facebook page! “Like” our page to be reminded of this special program.

Each day for the next 5 weeks, a new stop on the tour will be posted. COVID may have halted our in-person tour, but here is a different way to “visit” these historic locations. Here’s our post from Day One, August 31st, 2020:

Oakwood Cemetery was established 1861, located on land deeded to the City by James Morgan, a partner with Hannah, Lay & Company. Oakwood replaced the town’s first cemetery, which had opened in 1853. It had been located across Sixth Street from what would later become the Perry Hannah mansion.
The black and white image shows the first cemetery’s approximate location, visible on the left of the photo. This ca 1895 photo was taken looking southeast towards Sixth from Front and Wadsworth Streets. We know it was taken before 1904, as it shows empty land at today’s location of the Crooked Tree Arts Center, housed in Traverse City’s Historic Carnegie Library complex. The Perry Hannah mansion is the large house on the left of the photo. The cupola of Central School on 8th Street can be seen in the center of the image.

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