Woodland Cemetery Civil War History Tours

  • 2019 Woodland Avenue | Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Presented By: City of Des Moines Parks & Recreation
  • Dates: 8/27/2022, 9/24/2022, 10/8/2022
  • Location: Woodland Cemetery
  • Phone: (515) 248-6320
  • Price: $10 - Ages 12 & up
  • Overview

    On this Civil War-themed tour of Woodland Cemetery, guests will learn the history of Iowa in the Civil War by listening to the first-hand accounts of a few of the men who served & are now buried in Woodland Cemetery. The twelve stops on the tour will highlight stories from Wilson’s Creek, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Sherman’s March, as well as other engagements, including the experiences of United States Colored Troops now interred at the cemetery. The stories from the men buried at Woodland are supplemented by historic photographs and Civil War relics, bringing their story to life more than a century after their death. Jeff Kluever, Cemetery Historian will lead the 1.5 mile, two-hour walking tour and reservations are required.

    Tour participants must be able to walk up to 1.5 miles and the tours range approximately two hours in length. Tour size is limited to 35 participants and ideal for anyone above 12 years of age. The outdoor tours are both historically accurate and entertaining. Most importantly, proceeds from our tours support the preservation our municipal cemeteries. There is a group rate of $7.50 per person for reservations with 10 or more people, please call the office to register to get the group rate. Tour participants will have to follow safety precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy. Confirmation messages will include requirements and safety precautions.

    For more information, call 515-248-6320.


    Saturday, April 23: 1pm

    Saturday, May 21: 1pm

    Saturday, June 11: 9am

    Saturday, July 23: 9am

    Saturday, August 27: 1pm

    Saturday, September 8: 1pm