Fairview Cemetery was established in the early 1840's and was first called the Northern Burial Grounds. Today, Fairview Cemetery is 65 plus acres and contains over 30,000 grave sites. Many of New Albany's first families are buried in Fairview Cemetery. Come join us for our annual tour through this historic cemetery to meet some of the members of those families.
To purchase tickets, please call Patty Hughes at 812-945-7601.
The public is once again invited to Fairview Cemetery to enjoy stories of New Albany's rich history. The "Stories Behind the Stones," is a one and one-half hour walking tour of the cemetery beginning every 15 minutes from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 with a rain date of Sunday, September 28th. Handicapped accessible tours will be available again this year. Several tours each night will have golf carts to assist guests for the half-mile tour around the cemetery.
Led by members of New Albany's "Stories Behind the Stones Society", each tour will treat participants to brief accounts of people's lives at the family markers as told by those dressed in period costume and assuming their historic roles. This year guests will find a Civil War soldier telling stories about his heroic friend, Sergeant Charles H. Seston. Seston received a Medal of Honor for his 'gallant and meritorious service". Participants will also get a glimpse of what New Albany's Police Department looked like in the early 1920's, meet some of the Tuley family from Silver Hills, find out New Albany's connection to Kit Carson and meet some of the Sinex family members that are buried in the Sinex Vault.
There are over 30,000 grave sites at Fairview Cemetery – so there are many stories to be told. Each year all the stories are different from the previous years.
2015 – "Disease, Disasters and the Downtrodden" - The stories told on this tour will show how epidemics and disasters affected the well-to-do's and the not so well-to-do's
2016 – "New Albany's Influence On the State of Indiana" - Helping celebrate Indiana's Bicentennial
2017 – "Ladies Night in the Cemetery" - Stories will be told that show how the ladies contributed to New Albany's history
Tickets to the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children in kindergarten through eighth grade and are available by calling Patty Hughes at 812-945-7601. Master Card, Visa and Discover accepted. If you know someone who would be interested in one of the handicapped accessible tours – please call to make your reservations soon.
Barbara Zoller, Event Coordinator comments that, "Fairview Cemetery has so many stories to tell and our group cannot wait to share information on the characters we have researched for this year's tour." "And, back by popular demand, we will have golf carts to assist those individuals that don't feel like they can walk the entire tour route" Zoller also states, "This year we have added an additional golf cart because they were so popular last year. Several tours each evening will be handicapped accessible tours with the golf carts." Zoller encourages people to purchase tickets early because this event has sold out the three previous years. Those wanting to reserve tickets for the handicapped accessible tour each night will need to call early as those tours are expected to fill up quickly.
Participants should use Fairview Cemetery's main entrance on Culbertson Ave. between E. 5th St. and E. 7th St. to begin the half-mile tour through the cemetery.
TO HONOR AND EDUCATE
"The activity is designed to respectfully honor those buried at Fairview and to tell about their contributions to our city's history in a fun and educational way," Zoller said, "These tours through Fairview Cemetery are enjoyable for all ages."
Proceeds from this event will be donated the Sinex Vault Restoration Project. The net proceeds from the first 3 years, totaling over $3,000, was donated to the Friends of Fairview to assist them with ongoing cemetery restoration projects.