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  • May 20 at 4:00pm

    Things To Do In Georgia: Civil War Cemetery Walking Tour

    Historic things to do in Georgia cemetery walking tourThe Oxford Historical Shrine Society of Oxford Georgia provides cemetery walking tours. This site is great for history buffs interested in touring Civil War Sites. During the Civil War, Oxford College postponed academics and became a military hospital for soldiers returning from Civil War battle sites from both the North and the South. This Civil War cemetery walking tour is located on present-day Oxford College’s campus near the “Old Church” which is the school’s first chapel.

    The Oxford Cemetery was established in 1837 for the residents of Oxford and those related to Emory college.

    Many prominent southern Methodists are associated with this college and town. Notable is Bishop James O. Andrew, the first delegate of the Emory Board of Trustees whose inheritance of an enslaved woman caused the long schism of the Methodist Church. Buried at the cemetery are many historical figures including eight of Emory College’s presidents and numerous southern Methodist leaders. A list of these notable figures can be found at (http://www.oxfordgeorgia.org/Assets/Files/CemeteryWalkingTrail.pdf)

    Also at this famous Civil War site is Kitty’s Cottage.  Kitty Andrew was the house’s first occupant. She was owned by James O. Andrew (mentioned earlier) who inherited her from his wife at her death. At her owner’s request, Kitty acquired her freedom at age 19. She had the choice of going to Liberia, an African colony for freed slaves. But instead, she decided to stay in America. The Andrew family built the cottage for her and she stayed on the property for the rest of her life working for the family. The Methodist church did not want a Bishop associated with slavery as the church’s doctrine was for abolition. The church was split until 1939 over the matter. This event, foreshadowing the nation’s separation, is referred to as “The Methodist Civil War”.

    The Cemetery Walking Tour is located on Wesley Street in Oxford, Georgia 30054.  Jim Waters is in charge of scheduling tours and can be reached at 770-786-2343.

    11 Comments

    Jose

    June 13, 2013 3:11 pm

    I have been to a couple of these cemeteries it is really moving to see the amount of people that have really made a sacrifice for this country and their families. I have seen almost whole families in these cemeteries before and that just really hits my heart because I think of these mothers that lost husbands and sons, thank you so much.

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    blogger

    June 17, 2013 5:23 pm

    Absolutely, Jose. Nothing moves you more than seeing the inscriptions on the grave markers. We would not be the country we are today without the sacrifices of those brave individuals!

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    Louise

    June 14, 2013 10:27 am

    Well I have to say I never thought about visiting a cemetery before even of war hero’s, that just sounds like something that would be very depressing on a vacation. Now seeing where the battles took place and things like that maybe but not a cemetery. You have posted some really good ideas for a trip to Georgia!

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    blogger

    June 17, 2013 5:21 pm

    Thanks Louise…happy to help!

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    Edward

    June 17, 2013 12:36 pm

    Do you have information about any other places to visit on vacation and what to do there? I like to travel and so does my family but although I am a history buff and would love this the kids may not. Now the fact that the vampire diaries was filmed there might get their interest for sure.

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    blogger

    June 17, 2013 5:20 pm

    Hi Edward- our website is filled with things to do, places to stay, where to eat…you name it! Just log on to http://www.gocovington.com and navigate to whatever you are looking for. You can also reach out to us via email or phone if you have specific questions. When you get in to town, stop in at the visitors center and we will be happy to direct you :-)

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    Daniel

    June 18, 2013 12:20 am

    If you go to Covington the best way about is by walking for certain! My fiance and I had a wonderful experience in Covington. It’s a gorgeous, friendly city and was the perfect remedy to our Minnesota winter blues.

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    blogger

    June 19, 2013 5:24 pm

    So glad you and your fiance’ enjoyed your trip to our fair city, Daniel! We hope you get to visit us again soon. :-)

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    Jamie

    July 12, 2013 8:36 am

    I happen to live in Georgia and my uncle is buried there so I can vouch that this is a magnificent sight if you have never seen it.

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    Troy

    July 12, 2013 6:03 pm

    I love history and morbid or not I like to go read the tomb stones of the people in history. I am looking forward to going to this cemetery I had no idea it was there but now that I have read this post I can’t wait to get there.

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    June 16, 2014 3:25 pm

    […] The next part is the Confederate section of the cemetery. It is located in the Northeast part. Some of the graves in this section are unmarked graves. This is because some of the people buried in this part were unknown soldiers. Many of them died in one of the several Confederate hospitals located in Covington, Georgia. If you enjoy Civil War history, this section would be a good spot for a Civil War tour. […]

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