Bringing Roanoke’s Past to Life

ROANOKE Mayors, governors, industry magnates, heroes and heroines – their stories come alive at Roanoke’s Evergreen Burial Park Sunday, October 14th, where many of the area’s noted leaders and historical figures rest. Their stories – which are those of much of modern Virginia, Roanoke and America – unfold in an annual guided public walking tour of Evergreen’s peaceful, landscaped acres.

Among the notables whose lives and contributions will be recalled include: Governor (1958-1962) J. Lindsay Almond, an early advocate of school desegregation; Martha Anne Woodrum Zillhardt, Virginia’s first instrument-rated female aviator, founder of Woodrum Flying Service, and the first woman president of the Virginia Aviation Trade Council; Carter Burgess, one of many distinguished veterans interred at Evergreen, served as Secretary of the General Staff to European Commander Dwight Eisenhower; and Sallie Weaver Robertson, who, at her death at the age of 95 in 1937, was one of the last members of the Real Daughters of 1812, a group dedicated to promoting patriotism. Other memorials recognize significant events in national history. Evergreen is also home to the North America Champion Red Buckeye tree.

The family-friendly tour is open to all who enjoy a pleasant Sunday stroll, highlighted by informative insights about people who left indelible marks on Roanoke and Virginia history. The tour will begin at 2p.m. at the cemetery office at 1307 Summit Avenue SW, in Roanoke’s Raleigh Court/Wasena section. At the end of the tour, walkers will be invited to participate in a “spirit” release of multi-colored, helium-filled balloons.

Light refreshments will be served.

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