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City of Medford hosts 'spooktacular' Halloween cemetery tour

A free tour of the historic Eastwood IOOF Cemetery will be offered on Saturday, October 31.

Posted: Oct 27, 2020 12:59 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The coronavirus pandemic has had an outsized impact on Halloween celebrations this year, but the City of Medford is offering up at least one eerie option on October 31.

The Medford Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department is offering a free Halloween "Spooktacular" tour of the city's historic Eastwood I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Volunteer guide Jay Robinson will explore some of the people buried in the 130-year-old cemetery.

The tour begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday at 1581 Siskiyou Boulevard, starting in front of the Mausoleum.

"Learn about the Disney and Tunnel 13 connections to Medford and the cemetery, and much more!" The City said in a statement.

According to Medford's records, the International Order of Oddfellows established the Eastwood Cemetery in 1890 after purchasing the land from the Barneburg family. The Barneburgs had already interred two family members on the hillside. The City of Medford took over ownership of the cemetery in 1972.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but masks and social distancing will be. The walking tour is expected to last 90 minutes, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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