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“Echoes of Yesteryear: A Walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery”

Event date: 10/3/2021 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Export event
Elaine Evans
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“Echoes of Yesteryear: A Walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery”

Sangamon County Historical Society


The Sangamon County Historical Society will host its popular cemetery walking tour,  “Echoes of Yesteryear: A Walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery” from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, October 3 at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. (The last tour begins at 3:15 p.m.)

Actors dressed in period costumes will portray eight individuals who made significant contributions to our community. The personal stories of each historic figure will be interpreted at his or her respective gravesite in the cemetery. These authentic stories, which have been thoroughly researched, will take the audience back to an earlier time and provide insight into their lives.

  • Harriett Knudson (1883-1969) was the driving force behind the creation of Lincoln Memorial Gardens. She also organized the Springfield Civic Garden Club and started the Springfield PTA Council.
  • Harriet Palmer Crabbe (1857-1948) and Gertrude Wright Morgan (1861-1931) Palmer Crabbe was the daughter of the 15th Illinois Governor. Wright Morgan was the first African-American student to attend a white school in Springfield.  The two walked together to school and remained friends throughout their lives. Wright Morgan fulfilled her dream of becoming a teacher in St. Louis and was a leader in Niagara Movement for civil rights and African-American self-determination.
  • Richard Dodds (1851-1921), was the owner and operator of a Springfield landmark drug store on the corner of Fifth and Monroe streets known as Dodds’ Corner, which became a de facto city meeting place near street car routes.
  • Thomas Rees (1850 -1933) was the long-time publisher of the Illinois State Register and Illinois State Senator. Upon his death, he left funds to build the carillon in Washington Park that bears his name.
  • Salome Paddock Enos (1791-1877) was the wife of Pascal Enos who opened the first land office in the Springfield District. He died at a young age, leaving her to manage his sizable land holdings. In 1837 she donated $3 million worth of property for a new State Capitol.
  • William A. Northcott (1854 -1917) served as Illinois Lieutenant Governor and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Illinois. He later became Head Consul of Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal life insurance company that erected his monument.
  • William Carpenter (1787 -1859) was an early settler who owned a ferry operation along a stagecoach line. The settlement was known as “six-mile house.” He later served as Springfield postmaster and had extensive real estate holdings. Carpenter Street and Carpenter Park are named after him.

Attendees will be transported by bus to the first gravesite, then walk to the other grave-sites before boarding the bus back to the parking area. The walk is approximately one-half mile.

In addition to the walk, refreshments will be available for purchase by the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations are suggested. Parking is available.

For more information about the event, contact the Sangamon County Historical Society by email at or telephone 217-525-1961.

Oak Ridge Cemetery
1441 Monument Avenue
Springfield, IL (Map)

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