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Walk with spirits through Augusta’s history

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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“Walk with the Spirits” through historic Saint Paul’s Churchyard 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, Oct. 11, or Sunday, Oct. 12. Guided tours will begin every 20 minutes from 1:30 to 4:10 p.m. each day, with the last tour ending just after 5 p.m.


During a 45-minute tour led by a spirit guide in period costume, participants will hear about the history of the cemetery and the residents that are buried there. Along the route, participants will be introduced to additional spirits, also in period costume, who will enlighten the group with details of their lives and accomplishments.


Saint Paul’s Cemetery is located at 605 Reynolds St. in the Augusta Downtown 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 the area by their contributions and cultural legacy.


The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children. The cost for groups of 10 or more is $10 per person. The tour is not recommended for children younger than 5. Reservations are recommended. Refreshments will be provided.


To purchase tickets, or for more information about this program call Historic Augusta Inc. at 706-724-0436 or visit www.historicaugusta.org. “Walk with the Spirits” will take place rain or shine.


Featured spirits this year include:

Joseph Ashton, d. 1809: A native of England who was an Augusta tavern owner, Fire Master, Mason, and a planter in North Augusta. (portrayed by Chris Rucker)


William Longstreet, 1759-1814: A mechanic who was courageous, creative, and the controversial inventor of the steamboat. (portrayed by Kaden Jacobs)


Bishop-General Leonidas Polk, 1806-1864: The “Christian Soldier:” Bishop of the Southwest, Confederate General and Founder of the University of the South. (portrayed by Rev. George Muir)


Emily Harvie Thomas Tubman, 1794-1885: Philanthropist, widow of planter Richard Tubman, and founder of the first public high school for girls in Augusta. (portrayed by Ann Beth Strelec)


Reverend Washington McKnight, 1779-1805: Founder of First Presbyterian Church who passed before his vision could be completed. (portrayed by Rev. George Robertson)


Edward Fenwick Campbell, 1786-1861: Descendant of Augusta’s original founding families and long time pillar of Saint Paul’s Church. (portrayed by Harry Vaiden)


Robert Forsyth, 1754-1794: The first federal marshal to be killed in the line of duty. (portrayed by Greg Capers)


Margaret Condon Phinizy, circa 1758/60-1815: Wife of Italian immigrant, soldier and merchant Ferdinand Phinizy and matriarch of the Phinizy family in Augusta. (portrayed by Christy Beckham)


Rev. Edward Eugene Ford, D.D., 1795-1862: Lawyer who followed a call to ministry to St. Paul’s. (portrayed by Cobbs Nixon)


Ambrose Gordon, 1751-1804: U.S. Marshal, escort of George Washington, and great-grandfather of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of America. (portrayed by James Mason)


Abel Wright, 1805-1887: “Uncle Abel,” extraordinary cook and sexton of Saint Paul’s Church for 25 years. (portrayed by Titus Nichols)


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