Aurora’s Big Woods Cemetery Walk: A Weekend Highlight Into Pioneer Past


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AURORA, Ill. – This past Saturday, history enthusiasts in Aurora were treated to a captivating experience at the Big Woods Cemetery Walk. The evening was a journey back to the 1840s, with actors like James Varney stepping into the shoes of Aurora pioneers like John Stolp.

The event, hosted by the Big Woods School Foundation, not only showcased performances by local talents but also spotlighted the legacy of the historic Big Woods Elementary School. Despite a prior weather-related postponement, the event drew an enthusiastic crowd.

A mix of nostalgia, education, and community support, the cemetery walk is set to become an anticipated yearly tradition. For a deeper dive into Aurora’s rich heritage, visit


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