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Warrenville Cemetery walk to introduce Civil War figures from town's history

WARRENVILLE – Alvaro Drullard came from a family of soldiers.

His grandfathers fought in the Revolutionary War, one on the side of colonists and the other for the British crown.

Drullard was born in Illinois and later died as a soldier in the Civil War, finding his final resting place at the Warrenville Cemetery.

The story of Drullard and other Civil War soldiers and their families will be shared Oct. 20 at the “Dead Men Talking – And Some Women – VI” Warrenville Cemetery walk.

With luminaries lighting the way, Warrenville residents and visitors will journey through the cemetery, stopping at seven sites to hear the stories of those who are buried there from costumed interpreters.

“Beyond the season and it’s Halloween, it’s a nice way to incorporate that with the history,” said Sara Phalen, director of the Warrenville Historical Society, which organized the walk.

This year marks the sixth annual cemetery walk, which will focus on the Civil War in honor of the war’s 150th anniversary.

Of those buried at the Warrenville Cemetery, 17 are Civil War veterans, Phalen said.

Incorporated in 1845, the Warrenville Cemetery was created using land donated by Colonel Julius Warren, the town’s namesake, she said. The area’s original cemetery was located on Winfield Road, but many graves were relocated to the current site when it was established on Warrenville Road.

About 40 former residents buried at the Warrenville Cemetery have been featured as part of the walk since it began five years ago, Phalen said.

The tours will last 45 minutes and depart every 15 minutes. The first will leave at 6 p.m. and the last will begin at 7:30 p.m.

New this year is Civil War-era music performed by local musicians.

After the cemetery walk, guests are invited to enjoy refreshments at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3S460 Curtis Ave.

For those who may be unable to attend the walk itself, an earlier performance by interpreters will take place at 5 p.m. within the church.

The Warrenville Cemetery walk is typically a popular event, drawing in people looking to celebrate local history.

“The mood is great,” Phalen said. “It’s at nighttime and the candlelight and the paths – it’s a nice living history bit.”

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