Greenwood Cemetery: An Orlando History Lesson

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Greenwood Cemetery is one of the most unique places to visit in Orlando.  It's close to downtown and in a neighborhood full of brick streets and historic residential homes.  The area is loaded with trees and wetlands and the air here is thick and humid.  Bring bug spray and sunscreen.  (I should just add that in my bio since I say it all the time.)

If you're looking for history and a tour like no other, then add Greenwood to your list of places to visit in Central Florida.  Never have I experienced a more informative, unique, and humorous walk through a city's history. 

Don Price is Orlando's Sexton.  Historically, a sexton is someone who looked after a church graveyard.  The meaning has changed a bit and this cemetery isn't affiliated with one specific church.  Don is a record-keeper, a historian, the story-saver of our region. 

His tour covers Orlando history from the beginning up to modern day.  We got him out on a Saturday morning to share an abbreviated tour with us. You can walk along with us at the bottom of this post. 

History of Greenwood Cemetery Up until the 1880s, the people of Orlando had no permanent burial location, leading to many lost graves and confusion. After a heady newspaper campaign, by publisher Mahlon Gore, eight Orlando residents pulled together $1,800 to buy 26 acres of land and the cemetery was created. 

The original layout of Greenwood Cemetery was designed by Samuel A. Robinson and is laid out in a unique circular pattern. It's true that you can't get lost. Just keep going left and you'll end up at the beginning. 

There are free walking tours available throughout the year, but your best bet is to send an email or call Don's office at the number below to be sure you can secure a date/time. In October he hosts night time haunted tours that are a hoot! Also kind of creepy. Be ready to walk about a mile and wear sturdy shoes. Maybe consider bringing a flashlight to that one.

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Greenwood Cemetery 

Greenwood Cemetery
1603 Greenwood St.
Orlando, Florida 32801
407-246-2616
greenwood@cityoforlando.net

For information in Spanish: Click Here!

 

Directions to Greenwood Cemetery

Coming from 408 East (Oviedo/UCF area):

  • Travel west on 408

  • Exit on 11B toward East South Street

  • Merge onto East South Street

  • Turn left on Mills Avenue

  • Take 3rd left onto Greenwood Street

Coming from 408 West (I-4/Downtown):

  • Travel east on 408 to exit 11B toward Mills Avenue

  • Merge onto East Anderson Street

  • Turn right on Mills Avenue

  • Take 3rd left onto Greenwood Street

 
 

Watch the Townie Tourist tour with Brendan from Bungalower and Don Price.👇