Springfield tour series to include tour of Ferncliff

A Ferncliff Cemetery walking tour will be available at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, as part of the Summer Tour Series 2016.

The series includes walking, bicycle, coach and happy hour tours. Architects, curators, historians, and local professionals guide each tour.

ExploreThe cost for the Ferncliff tour is $10 for general admission and $7 for members of the Westcott Center for Architecture and Design.

Ferncliff Cemetery, covering more than 240 acres of rolling hills and pastoral landscape, was platted during the Civil War as Springfield’s new rural cemetery.

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Its many mausoleums and memorials, including those of leading citizens and industrialists, are replete with religious symbolism and imagery.

Guests can join Ferncliff historian Ski Schanher on a tour of the property as he interprets Springfield’s history preserved in stone. Visitors will meet at the Ferncliff Cemetery Chapel, 501 W. McCreight Ave.

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