What started as a one-time event for the Bicentennial in 1998, has turned into a local favorite attraction. That, of course, is the Historic Cedar Grove Cemetery Walk set for Saturday, November 7.
Jack Cato, Linda Nelson, and Paula Fox teamed up in’98 with Nelson writing the scripts, Fox taking care of the creative side, and Cato handling the promotions. Nelson has a very historical background and used to work at The Hermitage while Fox is a director with Encore Theater Group, who is in charge of this year’s walk.
"I’ve been with this from the beginning and we’ve had some great actors help us out," Nelson said, "but the group Paula has this year is the best ever. Encore is using this walk as a fundraiser for their new theater on (highway) 70 just west of the (highway) 109 intersection."
"We have been stuck behind Tractor Supply Company on the county line for so long in a building that does not fit our needs," Fox said. "Our new space is just perfect for us and we plan to have ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ for our first performance in it this coming January."
Fox said there will be eight stops on the walk and it will end with a stop featuring some musicians. The man who plays Gen. Hatton has played him in the past as well as different Civil War soldiers.
"This year, we are using seasoned actors," Fox said. "They are either veterans of the Cemetery Walk or veterans of the stage in general."
The entire walk is less than 0.8 miles and takes around 45 minutes. It is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Fox said that this is not to be a scary event, but that it is a more educational and historical look at the lives that make up Wilson County’s past.
There will be two tours beginning with the first from 2-5 p.m. and the second starting at 7 p.m. and will keep running until the last ticket is sold at 10 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors; children under four are free.
If it rains on Saturday, the walk will be moved to the same times on Sunday, November 8. Fox wanted to thank the 33 members of the Mt. Juliet High School ROTC for providing security for the event.