After a bit of Trikke maneuvering practice, we proceed single file to explore Raleigh’s Historic Oakwood District. This tour focuses on the picturesque Oakwood neighborhood, its Second Empire-style homes, and its notable residents. As we progress, our knowledgeable guide, Baxter, regales us with facts, information, and stories via wireless audio pack so we don’t miss a word of his splendid narration.
We depart the sprawling neighborhood and continue to Oakwood Cemetery. Historic Oakwood Cemetery, founded nearly 150 years ago, is a hilly final resting place to some of Raleigh’s most prominent citizens. Five U.S. Senators, four Civil War Generals, two Secretaries of the U.S. Navy, multiple Raleigh Mayors, and thousands of Raleigh’s famous and not-so-famous citizens are at Oakwood. The cemetery is 102-acres of fascinating people and their stories which the tour reverently highlights.