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Cemetery Walk Is Saturday

Dade Co. Historical Society

The Dade County Historical Society Cemetery Walk at Sarah’s Chapel Cemetery is this Sunday, Oct. 23, beginning at 3 p.m. Please pre-register to give us an idea of how many visitors to plan for. Send your name, number of attendees in your party, your email address, and your phone number to to pre-register. This will allow organizers to contact you in case of rain rescheduling or any other last-minute changes.

CEMETERY WALK Dade County Historical Society’s Cemetery Walk at Sarah’s Chapel Cemetery is Sunday at 3 p.m. Reenactors at the event will include, from left, Marshall Neely (portraying Joab McCollum), Rex Blevins (telling the story of former slave, Thenie Brogdon), Lucille Howard (portraying Helen Lorenda Guinn Killian), and Angie Whidden (portraying Mary Ann McDonough).

Public parking will not be available at the cemetery, so please park at the old North Dade School (currently North Dade Recreational and Development at 18277 U.S. Highway 11, Trenton, GA 30752). Shuttle
buses will begin running at 2 p.m. It takes less than five minutes to travel from the parking area to the cemetery. Buses will run back and forth continuously until the event ends. The first presentation begins at 3 p.m., and new tour groups will start throughout the afternoon as more participants arrive.

Remember to dress comfortably and wear closed-toed shoes. Bring your own water if needed. Parking, the shuttle ride, and the event are all free. There will be booklets with research information about some of the families in Sarah’s Chapel available for $10 each. You may join the Dade County Historical Society for $10 per year per person at the registration table. You may also make a donation by cash or check made out to Dade County Historical Society.

The re-enactors have been practicing their presentations and are ready to share their interesting stories with you. Marshall Neeley will tell you about one of his ancestors, Joab McCollum. Marshall, a lifelong Dade County resident, taught middle school science at Dade Middle School. Marshall and his wife Bonnie, have four daughters and live in the Wildwood community.

Lucille Howard will be Lorinda Killian. Lucille was raised in Houston, Texas, and moved to Sand Mountain in 1957. She lives with her son and family in the Back Valley community. Lucille has three children and seven grandchildren.

Billy Millican will share information about the Morgan family. Billy retired from Dade County Schools and is now an adjunct professor at UTC, where he manages student teachers. Billy lives in the Back Valley community with his wife, Susan.

Angie Whidden will be telling you about Mary Ann McDonough Bennett. Angie and her husband, Brian, live in the Big Woods community. Angie, originally from Texas, has six children and owns BookLocker publishing company.

Rex Blevins will be sharing his memories of Theny Brogdon. Rex, a local historian, grew up in the Dade County Jail where his father was the sheriff. Rex is a retired County Commissioner, Dade County School Board member, and probation officer. He lives in the New England community.

Don’t forget to pre-register at now! Questions can be directed to Gail Hedden at (423) 987-3713. We’ll see you on Oct. 23!

Alison Henderson is a member of the Dade County Historical Society.

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