Bainbridge history will come to life on Friday, April 27 as the City of Bainbridge hosts the first Oak City Cemetery Living History Tour. The tour will feature local actors in period costumes portraying some of the city’s most famous citizens buried at the cemetery.
The tour, which will mark the end of Georgia Cities Week, will feature twelve former Bainbridge residents. The tour will include Miriam Hopkins, Benjamin Russell, Judge Byron Bower and his wives Annie and Ellen, William Peabody, Henrietta Brash, Elisha James Willis, J.W. Callahan, Maston O’Neal, Dr. J.D. Chason and Governor Marvin Griffin.
Tours will be available from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and new tours will leave from the front entrance of the cemetery every fifteen minutes. Tour guides will lead groups of 10-15 people through the tour, which will last about an hour. The event is free to the public.
Prior to the establishment of Bainbridge, the Oak City Cemetery site had long been home to an Indian Village. It was established as a cemetery in 1852 when William H. Peabody was buried there. His grave is located next to the powder house, where gun powder was stored during the Civil War. In 1878, the west section of the cemetery was deeded to Temple Beth-El and became one of the first Jewish Cemeteries in South Georgia.