Saturday, April 18, 2020

Where Charlotte’s history comes alive for the day

 

Stroll through Charlotte’s historic cemeteries — Settlers’, Elmwood and Pinewood — and interact with 50 beautifully costumed portrayers telling stories of our founding fathers, civic leaders, amazing pioneering women and other interesting characters that made Charlotte what it is today.

Presented by Mecklenburg Historical Association Docents

 

EVENT INFORMATION

Time: 1 to 4pm We recommend you arrive early!

 

Free Admission

 

Where:
Settlers’ Cemetery is on the corner of Poplar Street and 200 W. 5th Street.
Elmwood and Pinewood Cemeteries are at 700 W. 6th St., however, parking entrance is located at 245 N. Cedar Street.

 

Who should go: VFTP is a fun-filled event that displays golden nuggets of Charlotte’s past as told by entertaining portrayers. Charlotte native or new to the city, you will all enjoy this unique living history family and pet friendly event for everyone.

 

Event Sponsor:  Lynn Mintzer, VFTP’s Project Mgr. says “I only approached one company because it was such a perfect fit; Harry & Bryant Funeral Company. Being a native Charlottean myself, I knew that they have been here forever. As it turned out, they are actually the oldest business in Charlotte at 126 years old.”

 

Supported by: Charlotte Center City Partners strives to provide vision and support to businesses and organizations by supporting Center City’s economic, cultural, memorable and sustainable growth. They loved how VFTP added such a unique event in the largest green space in Uptown.

 

Parking:  There is free parking inside Elmwood & Pinewood Cemetery; all automobile traffic must enter through the 245 N. Cedar Street entrance. The main entrance on 6th Street will be open to foot traffic only.  There are also free metered parking spaces on several of the streets near Settlers’.

 

Complimentary Shuttle Service

Free shuttle service between Settlers’ and Elmwood/Pinewood cemeteries will run every 15 minutes, beginning at 1 o’clock and ending at  4:30.  Pickup/Drop Offs are at the corner of W. 5th St and Poplar and at the 6th St. Elmwood entrance.

New this year, Johnson C. Smith University is providing an air-conditioned van.

Inside Elmwood and Pinewood Cemeteries watch for our free golf cart rides provided by Carolina Golf Cars.  Hop on – hop off.  Simply wave them down and our volunteer drivers will shuttle you from one area to another.  This service is very helpful for our visitors that may have difficulty walking around the cemeteries.

 

Water:  Free bottled water is available at the three Welcome Tents plus a water station in Pinewood located at #8 on the program map.  Donations are appreciated.

 

Southern Belles:  Our young girls, dressed in white, will be strolling in Elmwood/Pinewood Cemeteries to greet our visitors and offer assistance if needed.

 

In the Event of Rain:  The event will happen rain or shine, so please say a prayer for a beautiful spring day.