Saturday, April 6, 2019

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



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


Free Admission


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 10 minutes, beginning at 1 o’clock and ending at 3:45  Pickups and Drop Offs are at the corner of W. 5th St and Poplar and at the 6th St. Elmwood entrance, near # 25 on the program map.  Rides are generously being provided by Queen City Rides. Call them the next time you have company visiting and take them on a fun and informative tour of Charlotte.


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.