The Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium, a My Edmonds News sponsor, is hosting a “Walk Back in Time” at 1 p.m. July 21. Through this guided tour conducted by members of the Cemetery Board, you can learn about the history of the cemetery and the people buried there.
The tour is divided into three sections and lasts approximately 45 minutes, so you can come for part of the tour or stay for all three sections. This year, as an added attraction, several members of the board will be dressed in period costumes.
The 6.5-acre cemetery was founded in 1891 by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge. Over the next century, numerous owners managed the site until 1982 when Larry Hubbard, an Edmonds businessman, purchased the site and gave it to the City of Edmonds to maintain and operate. The most recent addition to the cemetery is the Columbarium located in the northeast corner of the grounds.
Some graves date as far back as the Spanish-American and Civil wars. Many of Edmonds’ founders and 14 of the city’s 34 mayors are buried in the cemetery, including Edmonds founder George Brackett, who governed the city in 1890.
The Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium is located at 100th Avenue West and 15th Street Southwest, one block north of the Westgate QFC. Street parking is available. Refreshments will be served.