Many of you have never heard of Raleigh, North Carolina. But in this little city there is a picturesque place that is about to be discovered. Oakwood Cemetery holds over 140 years of history and is the last dwelling place for many prominent figures such as James Dinwiddie, former President of Peace Institute in 1890, Berrien Upshaw, the character model for Rhett Butler in his ex-wife’s, Margaret Mitchell, novel, Gone with the Wind, Madeline Jane Jones Proctor, the co-founder of Mother’s Day, Cornelia Petty Jerman, the founder of the Raleigh League of Women Voters and women’s rights advocate and many other famous figures.
Beautifully sound architecture grace this pastoral park where it can be seen through the monuments and gravestones of many styles. Visitors can take pictures of the old Civil War Cemetery, enjoy picnics, stay for long walks and even just to pass by. On the first Friday of each month, a Flashlight Walking tour welcomes residents and curious friends to learn about Raleigh’s past and people. Tours like these rely on a small donation that support the non-profit and privately owned cemetery. A Read in Peace Book Club meets inside Oakwood’s office for some educational and insightful reading on books such as Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic That Remains One of Medicine’s Greatest Mysteries by Molly Caldwell Crosby and Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life by Thomas Wolfe.
The purpose of Oakwood Plot Lines is to share the moments of Oakwood Cemetery through pictures, stories, and facts. Most people don’t realize that there is so much more that goes on in a cemetery besides burials. The truth is that this a place to where honor still lives on after death. Loved ones can still see those they lost and remember them here. The grey stones and surrounding hills of green are tended after carefully by the caretakers who take pride in keeping Oakwood a part of Raleigh’s history. The past and the present reside with one another and here is where those memories continue to live and tell some tales.