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Posted on: September 13, 2023

Clarksville Parks and Recreation’s Historical Interpreters to Host Day with the Dead Tour

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Join a captivating journey into the past as history is brought to life at the Day with the Dead Tour, hosted by Clarksville Parks and Recreation’s historical interpreters. This unique event will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2023.

Held at the picturesque Riverview Cemetery (635 N Spring St), which has been the final resting place for some of the area’s most intriguing individuals since as early as 1800, the Day with the Dead Tour promises a memorable experience for all history enthusiasts. Actors dressed in period clothing will skillfully portray the deceased, regaling visitors with their captivating life stories.

Roxanne Jenkins, Associate Historical Interpreter at Fort Defiance, expressed her excitement for the event, saying, "The Day with the Dead Tour is a unique and immersive way to connect with the rich history of Clarksville and Montgomery County. It's a chance to step back in time and hear the stories of the people who helped shape our community."

Each guided tour through the cemetery will last approximately an hour-and-a-half, providing ample time to delve into the history of this remarkable place.

Tours will commence at 3 p.m., with new tours starting every 30 minutes until 7 p.m., ensuring that visitors can choose a convenient time to participate.

Ticket Pricing:

  • Adult tickets (ages 13 and up): $15
  • Youth tickets (ages 8-12): $7

Please note that this program is not recommended for children under 8 years of age. To maintain the solemn atmosphere of the cemetery, strollers and pets are not permitted during the tours.

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to connect with the rich history of Clarksville and Montgomery County, brought to life by talented actors and guided by passionate interpreters. 

To secure your spot at the Day with the Dead Tour, please register online at

About Fort Defiance

The Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center, 120 Duncan Street, is operated by the Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department. The fort, which overlooks the confluence of the Red and Cumberland rivers, was a cornerstone of the Confederate defense of the area and an important part of the Union occupation of Clarksville. In 1982, Judge and Mrs. Sam Boaz donated the property to the City of Clarksville. In 2008, the City secured a $2.2 million federal grant that was combined with local funding to build the interpretive center and walking trails. The Center features exhibits about the local area and the fort during the Civil War.

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