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Music at Mount Auburn Cemetery: A Walking Tour

Sunday, October 20, 2019 to Monday, June 14, 2021
1:00 - 3:00 PM

Event type: 

  • Community Event

Founded in 1831, Mount Auburn was America's first garden cemetery and the final resting place of many notable people from Boston and beyond. Today, it is renowned as a natural and historic landscape of exceptional beauty. Join us for a two-hour walking tour that will feature famous highlights of Mount Auburn along with stops at music-related graves including Chickering (of Chickering pianos) and Zildjian (the maker of percussion cymbals). We will also enjoy fall foliage season and admire a few of the cemetery's spectacular tree specimens (of which there are over 5,000).

Afterwards, visitors can opt to climb the 62-foot tower at the heart of Mount Auburn with 360-degree views of Cambridge, Watertown, and the Boston skyline. The walk will cover up to 2 miles on moderately hilly terrain. The tour will be led by WCMS staff member Cathy Breitkreutz, a historian and former employee of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Sign up at the front desk or call 781-721-2950 to reserve space. Maximum of 20 participants. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Suggested $5 donation per person.

Instructions for meeting at the cemetery will be sent via email the week before the tour.