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Lantern tours at Greenwood Cemetery return Nov. 3

The second offering of Lantern Tours of Greenwood Cemetery is scheduled for Nov. 3 with costumed characters portraying prominent citizens. The tours, first offered in 2017, are sponsored by the Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association and the Azalea Garden Club. Tours are set for 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $25 and will go on sale at the chamber of commerce office in October. On the day of the tour, tickets will be $30. Participants will meet at the Depot for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before being transported via golf carts to the cemetery. The tour will begin at the Collier mausoleum and plot where descendant Glenn Collier will portray Jena Cuthbert (J.C.) Collier, a wealthy planter. Susan Walter will portray her grandmother, Evelyn Collier Cason. Walter is a nurse practitioner and lives in Pine Mountain. At other burial places, Capt. Dan Rainey will play Col. J.J. Rogers and Judge Byron Smith will portray George L. Summers. Al Medcalf of the SCV will hold forth in the Confederate portion of the cemetery and honor Dr. J.H. Connally. Monica Walters will bring to life Augusta Lambdin while Stafford King Gudenrath of Macon, a direct descendant, will portray Sarah Ann Blalock Stafford, wife of J.W. Stafford. Proceeds from the tour will be used to create a second entrance to the cemetery on the south side of the final resting places of mayor Dewaine T. Bell and county commissioner Gene Hardwick. The tours will last about an hour. Josiah Holmes gave the original four acres for the cemetery which was established in the 1830s. The cemetery is maintained by the City of Barnesville. For more information, call the chamber office at 770-358-5884.

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