Bartow History Museum gives look into Oak Hill Cemetery

Bartow History Museum gives look  into Oak Hill Cemetery
by:  Monica BurgeNeighbor  Newspapers.Com
August  21, 2012
rom left, Bartow History Museum Director Trey Gaines, archive assistant Sandy Moore and registrar Tina Shadden in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

rom left, Bartow History Museum Director Trey Gaines,  archive assistant Sandy Moore and registrar Tina Shadden in the Oak Hill  Cemetery.

Oak Hill Cemetery dots the landscape of  Bartow County with its grassy knoll and in addition to memorializing those who  have passed on it seeks to pass on its history and wealth of knowledge of local  history.
“It’s just a beautiful place, and the impact the people buried  here have had on the community is tremendous,” said Trey Gaines, director of the  Bartow History Museum.
Among the notables are Rebecca Latimer Felton, who  was the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate; Charlie Dobbs, a telegraph  operator in the early 1900s;; evangelist, Sam Jones; and author, Bill  Arp.
“People that made a large contribution and ordinary people who have  great stories to tell all share a place at Oak Hill,” Gaines said.
On  Aug. 30 at 7 p.m., Bartow History Museum staff will present the history of Oak  Hill Cemetery and will discuss the symbolism behind many of its famous  headstones.
Burials at Oak Hill may reach back as far as 1838 when  Ebenezer Church resided on the hilltop off Erwin Street and Cassville Road. Many  of the earliest graves no longer have headstones and the average passerby may  not even notice the impressions in the earth where these graves  lie.
Admission to the lecture is free for members and included in the  price of admission for nonmembers. Admission is $5.50 for adults and $4.50 for  seniors and students.
This evening lecture highlights Bartow County’s  famous cemetery as an introduction to the Bartow History Museum’s annual “An  Evening in Oak Hill Cemetery” tour, sponsored by Parnick Jennings Funeral Home.
This year will mark the ninth annual tour which will take place Oct. 6.  This year’s tour will feature people and stories connected to the railroad.
Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members and must be  purchased in advance. Tours start at 5:30 p.m. and run every 30  minutes.
“It’s entertaining and it’s informative,” said Tina Shadden,  registrar for the history museum. “History can sometimes be impersonal, but when  you hear the stories of the people on the tour it puts it into  perspective.”
“The popularity of the tour, which has drawn large crowds  every year, is a testament to the community’s interest in its storied history,” said Sandy Moore, archive assistant for the museum.
“I think for a small  town we have a lot of people who are interested in preserving history,” Moore  said.

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