Thursday, March 30, 2023

‘Ghosts of Southlake Past’ will reappear November 3

Ghosts will gather this year Saturday, November 3 at Hood Cemetery in Southlake for the fifth annual “Ghosts of Southlake Past” cemetery tour sponsored by the Southlake Historical Society. Actors will bring to life early settlers, outlaws, Civil War soldiers and more. Putting on holsters and bonnets will be community leaders, a high school theater student, a beloved librarian and local history buffs.

Hood Cemetery is located on Coventry Lane near N. Peytonville Ave. in Southlake. Tours will be at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for ages 3 through 18; and $10 for ages 62 and older.

Tickets can be purchased online at the society’s website, The maximum number of attendees for each tour is 75, so you’re encouraged to buy your tickets early and be sure to bring them with you to the cemetery for quick check-in. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

This year, the society will donate ten percent of ticket sales to the newly-organized Hood Cemetery Association, a 501(c) 3. Gather your family and join society members at this annual event — you’ll gain a sense of place and learn more about the history of Southlake.

Civil War Veteran Recognition

The Southlake Historical Society invites you to join members of Abiding Grace Lutheran Church, Coventry Manor Homeowners Association and city dignitaries at the Rededication of historic Hood Cemetery on Saturday, October 13 at 10 am. The cemetery is located inside Southlake’s Coventry Manor subdivision just east of Peytonville Road at Coventry Lane.

Hood Cemetery is a one-acre site that dates back to 1845 and “the many settlers who came to Tarrant County during the first ten years of permanent Anglo settlement in the area,” according to Mike Patterson, longtime area historian. Mr. Patterson assisted the church’s congregants and Coventry Manor HOA members in the updating of the cemetery, one of Tarrant County’s oldest. The burial grounds were part of an original 640-acre survey patented to Thomas M. Hood when Texas was a republic.

Saturday’s re-dedication ceremony will include representatives from the Sons of the Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution who will honor the grave sites of three Civil War Confederate veterans buried at Hood. Mr. Patterson will provide background information on the veterans’ lives followed by a military salvo of black powder weaponry. Historical music will be provided by the Frontier Brigade Band. Light refreshments will be provided. Open to the public.