Pilot Club of Port of Jacksonville Cemetery Tour


​  In 1998, the Pilot Club of Port of Jacksonville held their first historical cemetery walk in Jacksonville’s Old City Cemetery. The idea for this fundraiser was based on a cemetery walk that had been done in St. Charles, Illinois, by the local historical society. 

  With the encouragement of Dick Mueller & his staff and the financial support of Evergreen Cemetery, it was moved there in October of 2000. With the support of Mike Ondina, the historic walk has been held at Evergreen Cemetery, 4535 N. Main Street, Jacksonville, FL.

  The tour is officially named “Tales of our City” since it is based on historical facts concerning Jacksonville citizens buried at Evergreen. Club members such as Leni Bessette’s with her research skills and Louise Warren’s writing talent were instrumental in making the tour a success.

With funds raised at Tales of our City, the Pilot Club of Port of Jacksonville has:

....  purchased a handicapped-equipped van for Grove House and provided money for a recreational fund for 
           their clients 
…  presented Builder’s Care with a check for over $10,000 to help Senior Citizens who live in substandard 
.... donated over $10,000 to ARC for their dental program
.....purchased special equipment for Wolfson Children’s Hospital, the Jericho school for children with autism, and               the ACE program
.... given over $12,000 to the special education programs of Gateway Girl Scout Council including Smile Camp.
.....provided $14,500 to the Down Syndrome Program at Hope Haven
​.....donated over $11,000 to the Down Syndrome/StarLight Project
​.....$6,200 was given to K9's for Warriors to assist in providing service dogs to veterans

Other annual events at Evergreen Cemetery include: 
  Pumpkin Run on last Sunday in October
  5K St. Patty’s Day on last Sunday of March
  a morning mass for All Souls Day on November 2
  US Marines annually rededicate their memorial on Nov. 10. 

Cemetery Tour History