Save Austin’s Cemeteries

Save Austin’s Cemeteries is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving historic cemeteries in the Austin through documentation and education, and to promoting historic cemeteries of Austin as local and state cultural resources. SAC documents the conditions at the five city cemeteries including the headstones and researches the histories of the cemeteries and cemetery residents. SAC provides input to City Council and the Parks & Recreation Department on cemetery needs.

We provide educational opportunities to the public by providing walking tours several times a year that cover a variety of topics, such as Texas Independence, Prominent Women of Austin, Place Names of Austin, and the annual event called Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure for Halloween.

SAC also provides tours for school and scout groups on individualized topics. At our popular guest speaker sessions, guests are invited to talk about their field of interest. This has included Jewish Burial Customs, Ethnic Heritage in Austin, George Washington Littlefield Family History, Cemetery Symbolism to name a few.

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upcoming events

October 29, 2016 | 10am

Murder, Mayhem and Misadventure Walking Tour at Oakwood Cemetery

Please join us for the 10th annual Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure Walking Tour Oct 29th, 2016 (10am-4pm) at Historic Oakwood Cemetery 1601 Navasota St. Austin TX 78702.  The free tours cover the chilling, untimely deaths of 13 “residents” of Oakwood portrayed by actors at their grave sites. The 45 minute tours highlight historical – not scary – events from 1842 through 1918 and showcase a wealth of information from the Austin History Center and local Austin sites. Tours start every 15-20 minutes between 10 am-3:15pm at the blue "sign-in" tents.  Kids under adult supervision are welcome, but please leave your pets at home and wear closed-toed shoes. In celebration of the 10th Tour, the price of the book “Austin’s Historic Oakwood Cemetery” will be sold for only $10, a 33% discount off the $15 list price. The tours are sponsored by Save Austin's Cemeteries, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Austin’s historic cemeteries in partnership with the City of Austin. Donations for the tour are welcome. For more questions, call or text 512-917-1666, email us at, or find us online at or on Facebook @SaveAustinsCemeteries

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