History of Oakdale Cemetery

Oakdale Cemetery was chartered on December 27, 1852 by the General Assembly of North Carolina. The founders purchased 65 acres for $1,100. The acreage now has grown to about 100 acres of natural beauty. Created during the era of the Rural Cemetery Movement in the US, Oakdale was the first in the state, only fitting for the most populous city in the state at the time. It was five blocks beyond the town boundaries.

Old Iron Chain Fence

Old Iron Chain Fence

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Jewish Cemetery

Temple of Israel 1875
Fourth and Market Street

Jewish Cemetery at Oakdale Cemetery

The Temple of Israel congregation was made up of German Jews who had immigrated to Wilmington around 1840 and had become well established in the city.  Families associated with the Temple include the Bluehtentals, the Dammenhaums, the Jacobs, and the Bears.  The Jewish Reform cemetery is a part of the Oakdale cemetery and is encircled with a fence ornamented with a Star of David.

Source: A Pictorial History of Wilmington by Anne Russell 

Book available at Two Sister Bookery At the Cotton Exchange. 

Ghost @ Paddy's Hollow

Fred the Ghost Wilmington NC

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Fred the Ghost, pictured below is a great example of local spooky lore.

I took this picture in Paddy Hollows located in The Cotton Exchange in beautiful downtown Wilmington NC. It was about 4:oo pm in the afternoon. I had just finished talking to the bartender about the possibility of ghost haunting the old place. Goofing around, I took several pictures. In this one you can see the face of Fred the Ghost.
He is said to haunt the bar and loves to pull practicaljokes on the restaurant staff.