BONHAM — The annual "Walking Through History" tour of the Willow Wild Cemetery will be held Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 this year. The free tour, led by staff from the Sam Rayburn House Museum, will begin each day at 10 a.m. near the cemetery entrance gates, next to Sam Rayburn’s grave. Refreshments will be provided by the museum.

BONHAM — The annual "Walking Through History" tour of the Willow Wild Cemetery will be held Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 this year. The free tour, led by staff from the Sam Rayburn House Museum, will begin each day at 10 a.m. near the cemetery entrance gates, next to Sam Rayburn’s grave. Refreshments will be provided by the museum.


The tour will include visits to the graves of notable historical figures in Bonham and Fannin County. Among those featured will be Tom Bean, Smith Lipscomb, Sam Rayburn and Dr. Tom Spies.


Willow Wild Cemetery was established in 1878. The land where the cemetery sits was initially used as supply headquarters during the Civil War. After the war, the land was part of the Hildinger farm. Early Bonham settler John P. Simpson bought the land for use as a cemetery and deeded it to the Masonic Lodge. The first burial in the cemetery was Fanny Glover Duncan. Her husband, James A. Duncan, was active in the Masonic Lodge and assisted in founding the cemetery.


The Sam Rayburn House Museum is the authentic 1916 home of Sam Raybun and has been preserved as a period time capsule. The two-story home contains all original Rayburn furnishings.


For more information, go to www.visitsamrayburnhouse.com.