The Fort Stewart Historical Communities Council will coordinate Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield’s semiannual cemetery and historical site visit April 26.
Historian Scott Hodges, portraying Savannah’s founder, Gen. James Oglethorpe, will join the tour for lunch at an installation dining facility and take questions about colonial life in the area.
The day’s cemetery/historic site visit is designed to provide participants an opportunity to better understand the historic nature of area cemeteries, Fort Stewart and the HCC’s efforts to preserve their historical memory and rules and regulations regarding cemetery access.
The April 26 tour will make stops at Bragg, Gill and Green Bay cemeteries and the Fort Stewart Museum.
Families remembered at these cemeteries include the Bashlor, Blount, Bowens, Boykin, Bragg, Brown, Carter, Clark, Clifton, Conner, Cribbs, Davis, Dean, Downs, Futch, Gill, Goodson, Haymans, Jacobs, Lewis, Linton, McCallar, McCollar, McCollor, McLamb, Morgan, Myrick, Nevils, Obryan, Owens, Philips, Phillips, Preston, Roberts, Rushing, Sauls, Shuman, Sikes, Sims, Smith, Strickland, Stewart, Thompson, Waller, Waters, Webb, Wells, Williams, Williamson, Wise and Zoucks families.
Space on the tour is limited, and individuals must pre-register by calling Pat Young at 912-435-9872 or emailing Patrick.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendees will be able to buy lunch for $4.25 before the tour leaves or at the lunch counter.
Participants should meet at either the installation’s Pass and Permit Office, building 8093, on Highway 144 from 8-8:45 a.m., or at the Liberty County Recreation Area/Hinesville National Guard parking lot on Highway 84 from 7:30-8:15 a.m.
A bus will be available at both locations. Both buses link up at Pass and Permit at 8:45 a.m. The tour leaves shortly after 9 a.m.
Comfortable clothing and flat walking shoes are suggested for the trip. Tour attendees are encouraged to bring bottles of water for refreshment. Two portable toilets and hand-washing stations will be available at Gill and Green Bay cemeteries. If the weather is bad, the cemetery visit will be postponed to a later date.