The third annual Voices from the Past Cemetery Tour will be held at the Oxford Historic Cemetery on Oct. 13. The cemetery is located on Highway 81 just north of Oxford. The tour entrance will be on the corner of Asbury and Collingwood streets. There will be two sessions, one at 5 p.m. and one at 6:45 p.m. Guests should arrive 10 minutes prior to the appointed time to be in place for the start of the tour. People booked on the later tour might want to bring a flashlight.
Eight former residents of Oxford will be portrayed, including a well-known surveyor and a founder of Oxford College. The stories these people will tell will give insight into a bit of the history of the town of Oxford and the college, as well as what life was like for previous generations. Three of the actors are family members of the person they portray. One colorful character will be Dolly Burge Parks, owner of Burge Plantation during the Civil War.
A limited number of golf carts are available for those unable to walk the route on a first-come basis. Tickets are available at the Newton County Arts Association at 1106 Washington Street. The price is $10 for adults, $7 for high school and college students and $5 for children. The tour was sold out last year so plan on purchasing tickets early.
Limited parking will be available in the rear section of the cemetery and on adjacent city streets.
The tour is presented by the Newton County Historical Society. Proceeds will benefit the Newton County History Center.
For more information contact Sheryl Christian at (404) 626-7066.