Event Details

Save The Graves 2023

Saturday, October 21
10am-4pm | Placerville Union Cemetery | 650 Bee Street
J. & J. Blair - A Family Affair

Early El Dorado County influencers share their stories. First person, historically accurate characters. Eight performances repeated throughout the day. This year’s annual event explores the Blair family of El Dorado County.


Spend the day getting a glimpse of what it was like to be an early influencer in El Dorado County. The legacy of the four Blair brothers who immigrated from Scotland in the mid 1800’s runs wide and deep in El Dorado County and beyond.


Throughout the day skilled actors in period attire tell their character’s story from beyond the grave. Each depiction is scripted and historically accurate. Between the brief performances, guests can wander the grand Victorian garden cemetery, and discover the featured characters and other wonders of this century-and-a-half-old place.


While exploring, look for interpretive signs that describe other characters buried here along with information about headstone carvers, their symbols and more.

J. & J. Blair - Characters

Pauline Larsen Blair
Mary Elizabeth “Mollie” Wilcox Hurd
Matthew Blair, I
Marion Blair Harris
Mabel Blair Birdsall
Lora Kyburz Blair
John Blair
James “Bud” Blair, III
Ernest William “E.W.” Blair
Amanda Schooley Blair
Abigail Pearson Blair

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I purchase tickets at the event?

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event at the gate. We accept cash, credit cards, and Venmo.

Gates open at 9:30am. The first performance is at 10am with the last performance at 3:30pm.

We have 4 stages with 8 performances repeated throughout the day. Performances start on the hour and the half hour. Get there early for good seating. Seating is limited after performance begins. Each performance features one or two Blair family characters and lasts 15-20 minutes. Ushers will be available to assist with seating and directions.

Limited ADA parking is available in front of the cemetery. Passengers may also be dropped off. We encourage you to park in one of the following lots:

  • El Dorado High School parking lot (561 Canal St)
  • Progress House (2841 Coloma St)
  • New Wine Christian Fellowship (680 Bee St)

A free shuttle service is provided to and from the lots directly to the front gates of the cemetery. Inside the cemetery, a golf cart will provide shuttle service up the hill.

Unfortunately, food is not available but feel free to bring your own. Bottled water will be available.

No pets (unless you have an approved ADA service animal).

There are no refunds available.

The event will be held rain or shine. 

This is a historic cemetery with uneven terrain, steep hills and graves throughout. Sturdy footwear is recommended. Please take care walking around the cemetery. And yes, it’s okay to walk on the graves here.

For additional questions, please email us at: info@savethegraveseldorado.org