This special event featuring tours by longtime Leesburg residents and descendants of the area’s most prominent early families will provide a unique, night-time visit to the cemetery and its most notable burial sites. The night sky should make an ideal setting with the next full moon expected the following evening.
Tours will highlight notable gravesites dating back to 1867 including Leesburg’s namesake, Evander Lee, and Morris family, who resided in Leesburg’s historic Mote-Morris home. Find out how wild-west sharpshooter Annie Oakley became part of Lone Oak history.
Other cemetery tour stops include the historic site of the area’s first school and churches, special monuments and Lone Oak’s Pet Haven. The event also will include a fundraising auction, singers from Carousel Theater Productions, a display of books from local authors and refreshments.
Tours are offered every 20 minutes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Last tour begins at 7:30 p.m.
Lone Oak Cemetery is located at 306 Thomas Ave. in Leesburg. Admission is free. Proceeds of the moonlight tour benefit the Lone Oak Cemetery. For more information, call (352) 326-9085.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday.