Date(s) - 09/19/2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fort Hill Cemetery
Fort Hill Cemetery Historical Guided Tour – Remembering the People That Made Auburn “History’s Hometown”
Presented by Laurel Auchampaugh
When: Sunday September 19, 2021 (rain date Sunday September 26, 2021)
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Fort Hill Cemetery, 19 Fort Street, Auburn, NY 13021
Please join historian and guide Laurel Auchampaugh for a fascinating tour of the beautiful Fort Hill Cemetery overlooking downtown Auburn. Its hilltop location, fortified many centuries ago by the mound building peoples of North America, later was reputed to be the site of an important Cayuga council seat and village. The cemetery grounds were dedicated on July 7, 1852. The Bradley Memorial Chapel located on cemetery grounds was completed in 1893, a gift in memory of Silas L. Bradley.
On the tour you will learn about the lives of several prominent citizens who are buried there. The first man buried at Fort Hill was Judge Elijah Miller. He was the father-in-law of William H. Seward (U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, NY Governor), who is also buried there with his wife, daughter and granddaughter. You can pay your respects to abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman, to members of the Osborne, Willard and Case families and to many others who contributed to local and American history. A 50-foot obelisk is dedicated to the memory of Chief Logan, renowned Cayuga sachem, statesman orator and warrior.
Tour tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and no charge for age 6 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the time of the tour or in advance at the Willard Chapel office, 17 Nelson Street, Auburn, NY during business hours, Wednesday through Friday from 10 AM – 4 PM. Please call (315) 252-0339 for more information. This tour is sponsored by the Community Preservation Committee. Proceeds will benefit the Willard Memorial Chapel.