Cemetery Ramble Brings History to Life

By Kelly Stephenson, Staff Writer
The Thomaston Times
Thomaston, Georgia
April 25, 2005

Glenwood Cemetery is truly a necropolis, a city of the dead,yet is situated in the heart of Thomaston, behind the Government Complex and Senior Center.

To truly understand Glenwood's historical and genealogical significance, the John Houstoun Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, organized a walking tour of the cemetery April 21, to educate the community about the patriots and founding fathers buried there.

"We've been working on this project for four years." said Presenter and DAR member Patricia Williams. "We're pleased with the amount of interest that's been shown."

Acquired through conveyances in 1835 and 1860, the cemetery grew from the land that surrounded the site of the first Methodist Church in our area.

In 1901, the Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church conveyed the two-acre cemetery to the city and it is owned and maintained to the present day by them.

A walk along its paths enabled tour-goers to see a vanishing piece of Upson County; the gothic, cluttered cemetery which is fast disappearing.

"The graveyard, especially in the older parts, had been neglected and some things like statues and monument markings were missing," said Linda Hallman, a DAR member for more than 15 years. "The fee charged today will be used to help us revitalize some of the older plots."

Hallman, along with eight other volunteers, shared stories about some of the influential people who "reside" in the oldest cemetery in Thomaston.

Congressmen, the first elected mayor of Thomaston, past NSDAR members and 54 confederate soldiers were the notable people highlighted during the one-hour event.

Ref: The Thomaston Times, Thomaston, Georgia, Published: Monday, April 25, 2005 3:03 PM CDT

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