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Historical tour of Douglas Cemetery planned for tonight

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By Charlotte Underwood

The Campbell County Historical Society invites the public for an evening of history and stories amongst the graves of Douglas Cemetery tonight at 5:30.

Local historians Joe Stephens and Bill Claiborne will be on site discussing the cemetery, those buried there and their significance to the area.

“We’re going to try to open up a window in time in the early years of LaFollette,” Stephens said.

The cemetery has an interesting history, according to Stephens. It served as the public cemetery for LaFollette during the boom days and remained active as a burial site until World War I. After the war, there were only a few burials at the cemetery, Stephens said.

With five Union Civil War soldiers buried there, each of them local men, along with many other historically significant burial sites, Douglas Cemetery is full of local stories and history of the area.

“Thousands pass by, but few ever stop to take a look at the cemetery,” Stephens said sadly. He and Claiborne hope to shed some light on the old burial ground along with the many people buried there over the years.

The tour is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending should meet at the cemetery behind the Campbell County Baptist Association and Sonic at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 29. For more information, contact the historical society at 566-3581 or Stephens at JoeStephens@hotmail.com.