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Cemetery Tours: “The Thrill of Victory” Driving Tour

Saturday, July 23, 2022 – 10am & 12pm

Sports and athletic endeavors have been an integral part of American society for generations. Explore this large cemetery by car and learn about the wide variety of athletes buried here. Among the tales you’ll hear: two Marietta College football pioneers who played for Olympic legend Jim Thorpe in the NFL, a pro baseball player who cut short his career to serve his country on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, an iconic crew coach that made Marietta College a perennial contender at Dad Vail, a member of one of Marietta College’s first woman’s basketball teams in 1919, and an international circus acrobat from Austria. Note: because of the spread-out grave locations in this large cemetery, we will drive to various parts of the cemetery and will gather near the resting sites of these individuals.

Our tour guide will use an enhanced speaker system to ensure adequate audio levels and social distancing.

Tour begins at Oak Grove Cemetery, 8th & Washington St.

Please Note:
Check-in at Oak Grove Cemetery at the 8th & Washington St. entrance for driving directions.

Oak Grove is over 35 acres of inclined terrain and tour stops are spread out around the cemetery.

Cemetery roads are suitable for non-commercial vehicles and may have tight turns, steep inclines, become very narrow, and have potholes.

While driving from one tour stop to the next, please observe safe driving practices and be aware of pedestrian and other vehicular traffic on cemetery roadways.

Cemetery Tour Tips:

Tours last up to one hour and 15 minutes

Walking takes place across uneven ground and between headstones

You’ll be standing at some locations for around 10 – 15 minutes
Check the weather and dress accordingly

Bringing water, walking sticks, or easily carried folding chairs is encouraged

When you arrive at the cemetery, if you already have a reservation or tickets check-in with the Castle team member with a clipboard.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets will continue to be sold onsite. Paying for your admission with exact change is appreciated.

Member Discounts: If you are currently a Contributing, Patron, or Lifetime member of The Castle, please use coupon code “castlemember” at checkout to apply your membership benefits. (Contributing – $50: Free admission to 2 cemetery tours, Patron – $100: Free admission to 4 cemetery tours, Lifetime – $1,000: Up to 8 free admissions for cemetery tours.)

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Oak Grove Cemetery

Eighth and Washington Streets
Marietta, OH 45750

The first burial in Oak Grove Cemetery was made in 1864, three years after the city of Marietta purchased the 33 acres of land from Judge Arius Nye. It is still in use today.

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