Historic Fort Hill Guided Tour

Remembering the People Who Made Auburn “History’s Hometown”

When:  Sunday, September 7, 2014 @ 2 PM, rain or shine!Where: Fort Hill Cemetery,  19 Fort Street, Auburn, NY  13021

Please join historian and guide Laurel Auchampaugh for a fascinating tour of the beautiful wooded Fort Hill Cemetery overlooking downtown Auburn.  Its hilltop location, fortified many centuries ago by the mysterious mound building peoples of North America, later was reputed to be the site of an important Cayuga council seat and village.   

In 1852 the hilltop was dedicated for its current function; it remains an active cemetery today.  On the tour you will learn about the lives of several eminent citizens who are buried there, including the man first buried here, Judge Elijah Miller, his famous son-in-law William H. Seward, his daughter and granddaughter.   Elsewhere in the cemetery, pay your respects to abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman, to members of the Osborne, Willard, and Case families, and to many others who contributed to America’s story.  Take a tour of the gothic stone Bradley Chapel, and learn the story of a 50 foot tall obelisk inscribed, “Who Mourns for Logan?”  In the event of rain, the talk will take place inside the Bradley Chapel.

 Tickets for the tour are $10 for adults, $5 for students.  These may be purchased at the time of the tour, or in advance at the Willard Chapel, 17 Nelson Street in Auburn during office business hours Tuesdays through Fridays, 10am-4pm.  Call 315-252-0339 for more information.  This tour is sponsored by the Community Preservation Committee.  Proceeds benefit the Fort Hill Cemetery and the Willard Chapel.


Tiffany Sunday Concert Series

Genesee Ted

With Shirley Stevens, Eileen Rose, Dana Cooke and Tom Burr

When: Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2pm

Where: Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson Street, Auburn, NY  13021


Would you like a little music to quicken your pulse and get your feet tapping?  Then please come to the Willard Chapel for a concert by Genesee Ted!  Shirley Stevens, Eileen Rose, Dana Cooke and Tom Burr know their way around strings and rhythm and our American heritage of an everyday, yet always compelling, music.  You will be treated to bluegrass, olde-tyme, country, and mountain music as the group plays mountain dulcimer, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, and guitar – and the occasional washboard!


There will be a break for refreshments midway through the event.  Tickets for this concert are $10 and available at the door.  A fully accessible entrance is located on the north side of the building off Seymour Street.  Proceeds benefit the Willard Memorial Chapel.


























































For information on any of the above events contact
Willard Memorial Chapel office at (315)252-0339

Annual Chapel events include:

• Amateur Chefs’ Night (February)

The chapel is available for weddings, concerts and other events.

You may inquire in the Community Preservation Committee office (315) 252-0339 for an events schedule as well as information on rental of the facility or email: