Press Release: City of Bainbridge
BAINBRIDGE, GA April 15, 2013 – History will come to life on Friday, April 26 as the City of Bainbridge hosts its third Oak City Cemetery Living History Tour. The tour will feature local actors portraying some of the city’s most famous former citizens buried at the cemetery.
The tour, which will mark the end of Georgia Cities Week, will feature eleven former Bainbridge residents. The tour will include CB Brockett, AB Conger, Jessie B. Gunn, Frank Moran, Charlie Powell, Sam and Gracie Pettyjohn, Kermit Bates, Mayor Bill Reynolds, John Simmons Jr. and Captain EL Macgruder.
Tours will be available from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and new tours will begin every fifteen minutes. Tour guides will lead groups of 20-25 people through the tour, which will last about an hour. For those not able to walk the entire path, there will be riding tours beginning at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 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.