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History lovers should dig this Heritage Society event

Alline Kent
Alline Kent jvorhees@macon.com

Just in time for Halloween, the Warner Robins Heritage Society is presenting its first ever “Cemetery Crawl.”

It isn’t really a creepy event, but rather one that is intended to “spook” people into learning more about the history of Warner Robins.

Andy Rodriquez, Heritage Society board member, said the Cemetery Crawl was a collaborative effort.

“We have been working on this for about a year and a half,” Rodriquez said. “There are hidden treasures of history within the city limits of Warner Robins, in our own backyard. We decided to take advantage of the resources by making people aware of the cemeteries and pointing out some of the notables interred there.”

The Oct. 28 tour will encompass seven cemeteries within the city limits with graves that date back to the time when the communities of York and Wellston occupied what is now known as Warner Robins.

Docents and history reenactors will be at each cemetery to provide information and answer questions.

On the tour, you will see graves of early residents and hear the history that goes along with them – dating back to a veteran of the War of 1812.

“What we wanted was for people to gain a greater understanding of the heritage of Warner Robins, how far it stretches beyond what we think about, which is World War II,” Rodriquez said.

According to members of the Warner Robins’ Heritage Society, Wellston and York predate the city of Warner Robins, which was founded in 1943. The community of Wellston was near the train depot across from Robins Air Force Base, while the York community was in the area of what is now North Davis Drive and Green Street.

Karen Sisk, a member of the Heritage Society, has done extensive research on the area and the families that lived here.

“We think about Magnolia Park Cemetery being a newer cemetery, but there were people buried there long before there was even a Warner Robins. There are two governors from Georgia that have family buried here in Warner Robins,” Sisk said.

The Cemetery Crawl will be 1-4 p.m. Oct. 28. Tickets are $7.50 per car and are available through Eventbrite.com. Tickets will be sold the day of the tour for $10.00 a car.

The event starts for everyone at Print Works Plus, 1840 Watson Boulevard (look for the big hearse). The tour is self-guided, but representatives from the Heritage Society will be at each of the seven locations on the tour and an informational brochure will be provided.

Alline Kent can be contacted at allinekent@cox.net.

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