Out & About

Fort Hawkins cemetery to be focus of Memorial Day events

As part of its annual Memorial Day observances, Fort Hawkins is incorporating a ramble through Fort Hill Cemetery.

After a brief ceremony at noon by Fort Hawkins’ flagpole commemorating three veterans of the War of 1812 and tours of the Visitor Center and grounds, Marty Willett, program director at Fort Hawkins, will lead visitors down part of the original Federal Road about two blocks to the cemetery.

“Many people don’t even realize there’s a cemetery there, and we wanted to bring attention to the real history of Fort Hill,” Willett said.

“There are up to 200 -- and it could be more -- U.S. Army soldiers buried there in unmarked graves who died between 1806 and the 1820s. That is not a local but a national problem.”

The ramble will be on flat ground and will not be a strenuous walk, he said. It will conclude at the obelisk of early settler Joseph Willett, a relative of Marty Willett.

“We wanted to offer something different and fun and always more educational than in previous years,” Willett said. “We want folks to realize what a great place Fort Hill is.”

-- Laura Shirley

Fort Hawkins 6th Annual Memorial Day Observance

When: Noon-4 p.m. Monday

Where: Fort Hawkins, 736 Emery Highway, Macon

Cost: Free