Date: Oct 21, 2017 | Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Civil War Walking Tour at Historic Bellefontaine Cemetery. This three-hour walking tour over 3-miles of moderate terrain will be lead by a Master Guide and will feature stories from the Civil War era of those buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery, including Southern generals Sterling Price and Alexander Peter Stewart, and Northern generals John Pope and Andrew Jackson Smith.
Rain or Shine event. The tour is FREE but reservations are required. See website for registration and for more information. Or call 314-381-0750. Hurry! Event "sells out" each year and space is limited. (Donations are always appreciated!)
The historic Bellefontaine Cemetery was started in 1849 by a group of prominent men from the city of St. Louis. Almerin Hotchkiss, an associate of Frederick Law Olmsted who designed New York's Central Park, was hired to design the layout of the cemetery. Hotchkiss became friends with Henry Shaw and with his help, the cemetery is now noted to have one of the finest collections of trees in the St. Louis area. Amazing examples of architecture and cemetery art can also be found at Bellefontaine Cemetery, as well as the final resting places for many famous people including Adolphus Busch, of the famed Anheuser-Busch beer brewery; William Clark, famous explorer of the Lewis and Clark Expedition; and James Eads, architect who designed the St. Louis Eads Bridge.
Bellefontaine Cemetery is open daily for visiting 8am to 5pm, with extended hours in the summer. The Cemetery hosts many private and public, bus, walking and special themed tours throughout the year.