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2019 Cemetery Walk

Every year, somewhere in Johnson County, spirits from the Other Side wander over to the Land of the Living. Why are they here? Are they trying to tell us something? Come over to the East Union Mennonite Cemetery to find out! Tours are every half hour.

Laurie Taylor is giving headstone symbology tours again this year! The JCHS is eager to welcome her back. Stay tuned to the page for information on when and where to meet.


Photo by Bill Miller


Parking and restrooms will be available at the East Union Mennonite Church. Treats and apple cider will be available too!






It’s recommended you bring a flashlight to this event. There will be a handful available to those who don’t have one, but they won’t be enough for everyone!




We have met our quota of actors for this event! If there are any more people out there who are interested in being a tour guide, please email programs@johnsoncountyhistory.org or call (319) 351-5738. The responsibilities of a tour guide are very simple. Guide a group of people to the next spirit? Easy!

Cemetery Walk—POSTPONED until the 21st

Postponement: Due to the weather and how it has affected the cemetery, the 2018 Cemetery Walk has been postponed until the 21st of October.

The Cemetery Walk is the perfect time to stretch your legs and learn about some little-known history of Johnson County. During this yearly event, visitors tour a Johnson Co. cemetery and learn the ins and outs of the lives of a select group of people who are buried there. This year’s Walk will be held at Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty. Tours start every 30 minutes.

Please note:

  • Bring a flashlight! Lights will be at every grave and with every tour guide, but the majority of this event is held after dark and the light you’ll have to see by is the light you bring.
  • The closest public restroom to the grave is the McDonald’s located at 675 Pacha Pkwy (about a four minute drive or 30 minute walk from the cemetery).
  • The last tour will be at 7:30 p.m.

An additional tour will be offered by local Grave Topics instructor Laurie Taylor. She will be speaking on headstone symbols. The tour will run throughout the night. It’s 15-20 minutes long and will start at the old cemetery gate at the top of the hill.

Volunteers Needed: If you’d like to volunteer as a Tour Guide, please email the Event Planner at programs@johnsoncountyhistory.org to volunteer or if you have any questions. Your duties would be simple: guide a tour group from grave to grave.

2016 Annual Cemetery Walk


Join us at the St. Mary’s Newport Church for one of our most popular events, our annual cemetery walk! This year, take a guided walk among the tombstones and meet some of St. Mary’s finest residents! After your adventure, enjoy some light refreshments.

October 9, 2016 5:30 – 8:00 PM St. Mary’s Newport Church 2683 Newport Road NE Solon, IA 52333

St. Mary’s Newport Church is currently in the process of raising funds to renovate the roof and siding. The church will be hosting a bake sale during our cemetery walk. All proceeds will go towards the renovations. Please help save this beautiful Johnson County treasure!

This is a free event open to the public. For questions, call 319-351-5738.


Beyond the Grave: Cemetery Tour

Come experience history in a new way at the most mysterious time of the year. Meet some of Johnson County’s earliest residents at their final resting place.

Emerging from the night in period costume, actors will tell the tales of those buried at Lone Tree Cemetery.

Meet at the Lone Tree American Legion Post 457 for a soup supper at 5:00pm followed by tours beginning at 6:00pm.

Special thank you to our Sponsors:

  • Lensing Funeral Services
  • Brown Bottle
  • Lone Tree Historical Society
  • Johnson County Historical Society