"Walk with the Spirits" through historic Summerville Cemetery and learn about some of Augusta's most prominent citizens.
Join Historic Augusta, Inc. for this very special trip through Augusta's past on Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th, 2013. Guided tours will begin every twenty minutes from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day.
During a 45 minute tour led by a spirit guide in period costume, participants will hear about the history of the cemetery and iconography of the headstones. Along the route participants will be introduced to additional Augusta residents buried in the cemetery, also in period costume, who will enlighten the group with details of their lives and accomplishments.
Summerville Cemetery is located at 2301 Cumming Road in the Summerville Historic District of Augusta, Georgia. The purpose of "Walk with the Spirits" is to increase awareness of Augusta's past by connecting current residents and visitors with the people and places that still influence us by their contributions and cultural legacy.
The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children. The cost for groups of ten or more is $10 per person. The tour is not recommended for children under age 5. Reservations are recommended. Refreshments will be provided.
To purchase tickets, or for more information about this program please contact Historic Augusta, Inc. by telephone at 706-724-0436 or visit www.historicaugusta.org. "Walk with the Spirits" will take place rain or shine.
Featured spirits this year include:
• Mary Campbell Murren, c1775-1835: An immigrant from the North of Ireland, and a founder of Augusta's First Presbyterian Church, she was poisoned by her servants. (portrayed by Sallie Metzel)
• Martha Furey, 1765-1845: As the widow of John Furey, she became the owner and manager of Furey's Ferry across the Savannah River (portrayed by Martha Robertson)
• Sarah Jane Thomas Hall Falligant, 1833-1915: Wife of Augusta Postmaster Benjamin Fairchild Hall and later Judge Robert Falligant of Savannah (portrayed by Michelle Zupan)
• Dr. John Francis Bransford, 1846-1911: As a VMI cadet he served in the Confederate Army, and later as a surgeon in the U.S. Navy. Died from grief after his sons drowned in Virginia (portrayed by Cobbs Nixon)
• Lillie Byron Wilkinson Wright, 1858-1937: Wife of the Dean of the Medical College, Dr. Thomas Russell Wright who founded the Margaret Wright Hospital in Augusta (portrayed by Kristi Connell)
• Hon. Jacob Phinizy, 1857-1924: President of the Georgia Railroad Bank and mayor of Augusta between 1901 and 1903 (portrayed by Chris Rucker)
• Capt. James Gardner Montgomery, 1833-1917: Captain in the Confederate Army, state librarian, and first school commissioner of Georgia (portrayed by John R. B. Long)
• Fannie Holland Brown Montgomery, 1840-1884: Niece and ward of Governor Charles Jenkins, she became the wife of James Gardner Montgomery (portrayed by Paige Tucker)
• Lt. James Henry Foster, 1842-1863: Confederate soldier who died from wounds received at the Battle of Chickamauga (portrayed by Wright Montgomery)
• Gov. John Milledge, 1757-1818: Colonel in the Revolutionary War, Governor of Georgia, and Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives for four terms (portrayed by Danny Craig)
• Carolina Arminda Latham Chafee, 1847-1913: Native of Rhode Island, and wife of John William Chafee, President of Sibley Mill (portrayed by Aimee Gay)
• Col. John McKinne, c1777-1859: Commission merchant, banker, toll bridge owner, and planter whose brothers had a network of merchant businesses all along the Eastern seaboard. (portrayed by James Mason)
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