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Cemetery tours draw rave reviews

Deadly accurate portrayals by ancestors and others at multiple graves in Greenwood Cemetery Sunday drew over 300 attendees to the first Lantern Tour all of whom left impressed. ’All in all, it was a great success. I don’t see how it could have been any better. Everybody I talked to was very complimentary,’ noted Hedy Cauthen who helped spearhead the event to raise money for cemetery restoration. EXCLUSIVE EVENT VIDEO INSIDE THIS POST Tour goers assembled at the Depot for drinks and hors d’ouvres and the old train station was packed all afternoon. Two vans and an army of golf carts driven by volunteers transported the throngs to the cemetery. There they saw portrayals at the final resting places of Josiah and Amelia Holmes, Samuel and Catherine Ansley, Gideon Barnes, Ora Ann Hightower, Charles Lambdin, and Walter B. Smith and in the Confederate section. ’Our actors were just superb and we couldn’t have done it without our volunteers and the Azalea Garden Club which did all the food,’ Cauthen said. Proceeds from the tour were still being counted at press time Monday but the event exceeded expectations and a priority list for improvements at the cemetery is in place. ’We are not going to restore specific graves. Our first priority is to add more lighting. It is very dark in there when the sun goes down. Next is a second entrance to improve traffic flow. It is hard for long funeral processions to get in and out of the cemetery now,’ Cauthen added. She also extended her thanks to the City of Barnesville which worked extensively on the project and the chamber of commerce for handling ticket sales and other assistance.

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