Ozark Historic Cemetery Stroll


Sponsored by the Buffalo National River Partners, the Ozark Historic Cemetery Stroll is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 9. Stroll historic cemeteries of the Ozarks with local researcher and author, Abby Burnett as your guide through Carver Cemetery, the Hasty Cemetery, and the Sand Hill Cemetery. Learn about the carvers of the gravestones as well as the lives of some of the locals who pioneered the area.

Meet at 10 a.m. at the Carver Cemetery for a tour. Brink a sack lunch to eat after the first tour before the caravan leaves for Hasty Cemetery, and then Sand Hill Cemetery. At each of these points you will see examples of stone carvers’ work during the 19th century such as tablet style stones, grave houses and folk art tombstones.

In addition to your lunch, you should bring water and a lawn chair for your own comfort at lunchtime.

To get to Carver Cemetery, travel Ark. 123 and turn at the Gene Rush W.M.A. sign (brown sign). You will see the cemetery on your left. In case of rain the event will be re-scheduled at a later date.

AETN featured Abby, in “Silent Storytellers,” a documentary about cemeteries and stone carvers in the Ozarks. In 2015, Abby’s new book, Gone to the Grave:  Burial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks was published.