Historic Oakwood Cemetery & Mausoleum Raleigh Cemetery Association CHARTERED 1869 – A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION
701 OAKWOOD AVENUE P.O. BOX 26867 RALEIGH, NC 27611-6867 PHONE (919) 832-6077 FAX (919) 832-2982
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/06/2014 For More Information: Robin Simonton, Executive Director Phone: (919) 832-6077 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Historic Oakwood Cemetery Says Farewell to Historic Hickory Tree Tree is uprooting, posing danger to Confederate General George Burgwyn Anderson’s Monument Raleigh, NC – Historic Oakwood Cemetery is saying goodbye to a Historic Hickory tree this morning. The tree, estimated to be around 150 years old, is beginning to uproot. It poses immediate danger to the historic obelisk of Confederate Brigadier General George Burgwyn Anderson. The Hickory has stood tall and witnessed many historic moments at the cemetery including perhaps the re-interment of the original 500 Confederate soldiers from their original resting place off of Rock Quarry Road in 1867. Raleigh’s own Andrew Johnson was President when this tree may have been just a sapling. “Victorian era cemeteries are known for their lovely trees,” says Cemetery Director Robin Simonton. “It’s sad to see this beautiful tree be taken down. But we also must protect the graves and monuments of those who have chosen to be buried here.” Superintendent Sam Smith will be overseeing the process, which is handled by an outside vendor. Today, February 6, the weight of the tree will be removed. In the next few weeks, the trunk will be lowered as well.
About Historic Oakwood Cemetery Incorporated in 1869, Historic Oakwood Cemetery is a non-profit cemetery run by a board of directors that incorporates 102 acres of burial space just blocks from the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh, NC. With over 200 years of planned space available to serve families for generations to come, the Cemetery offers a variety of burial options and purchase programs. Embracing the history of not only Raleigh, but North Carolina, Historic Oakwood Cemetery is a beautiful garden cemetery known for its upright monuments and park-like setting. For more information, please call 919.832.6077 or visit our website at www.historicoakwoodcemetery.org.