Tombstone Mysteries

Clean Up Plano's Cemeteries


Participants at Tombstone Mysteries learn how to clean historic headstones using professional methods and cleaning solutions. 

Explore Plano's First Citizens


Scavenger hunts will take you around the cemetery to learn about significant persons, mysterious deaths, and other fascinating facts.

Honor Veterans


Participants also have the opportunity to lay carnations at the resting places of veterans and learn about the sacrifices they made for our country. 

For 2018 we decided to take a year off from this event, for one main reason: We weren't able to find a different host cemetery in time to request funding from the City of Plano Heritage Commission for a 2018 Tombstone Mysteries event.

We had the event at Plano Mutual Cemetery and Old City Cemetery in previous years, and the nature of the cleaning products our participants used (D/2 Biological Solution) is that the stones will remain clean for years.

So... we're hoping to offer Tombstone Mysteries again in 2019, but that all depends on finding a cemetery in Plano that's willing to host the event and help us with the planning.

We appreciate how much the citizens of Plano and surrounding cities have enjoyed Tombstone Mysteries in the past, and we are looking forward to providing this event again in the future.

Check back here for updates and information regarding future Tombstone Mysteries Events!

Past Years



Our inaugural Tombstone Mysteries was held in May 2015 at Old City Cemetery.

 Over 100 participants cleaned gravestones, planted flowers, recognized soldiers' burial sites, and enjoyed a mystery tour  intriguing cemetery residents and tombstone symbols.



Tombstone Mysteries 2016 was a phenomenal success with more than 300 participating! This year's event was held in May at Plano Mutual Cemetery. More than $6,000 worth of tombstone and grave marker cleaning was completed by volunteer participants.



In 2017 we revisited Plano Mutual Cemetery to clean new stones and learn about different burials. This event had over 300 participants join from all over the North Texas region.