Walk with the Spirits

Saturday October 12 - Sunday October 13, 2013

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“Walk with the Spirits” through historic Summerville Cemetery and learn about some of Augusta’s most prominent citizens. Join Historic Augusta, Inc. for this very special trip through Augusta’s past. Guided tours will begin every twenty minutes. During a 45 minute tour led by a spirit guide in period costume, participants will hear about the history of the cemetery and iconography of the headstones.  Along the route participants will be introduced to additional Augusta residents buried in the cemetery, also in period costume, who will enlighten the group with details of their lives and accomplishments.

The tour is not recommended for children under age 5.  Reservations are recommended.  Refreshments will be provided. 

Featured spirits this year include:

  • Mary Campbell Murren, c1775-1835 : An immigrant from the North of Ireland, and a founder of Augusta's First Presbyterian Church, she was poisoned by her servants.
  • Martha Furey, 1765-1845 : As the widow of John Furey, she became the owner and manager of Furey’s Ferry across the Savannah River
  • Sarah Jane Thomas Hall Falligant, 1833-1915 : Wife of Augusta Postmaster Benjamin Fairchild Hall and later Judge Robert Falligant of Savannah
  • Dr. John Francis Bransford, 1846-1911 : As a VMI cadet he served in the Confederate Army, and later as a surgeon in the U.S. Navy.  Died from grief after his sons drowned in Virginia
  • Lillie Byron Wilkinson Wright, 1858-1937 : Wife of the Dean of the Medical College, Dr. Thomas Russell Wright who founded the Margaret Wright Hospital in Augusta
  • Hon. Jacob Phinizy, 1857-1924 : President of the Georgia Railroad Bank and mayor of Augusta between 1901 and 1903
  • Capt. James Gardner Montgomery, 1833-1917 : Captain in the Confederate Army, state librarian, and first school commissioner of Georgia
  • Fannie Holland Brown Montgomery, 1840-1884 : Niece and ward of Governor Charles Jenkins, she became the wife of James Gardner Montgomery
  • Lt. James Henry Foster, 1842-1863 : Confederate soldier who died from wounds received at the Battle of Chickamauga
  • Gov. John Milledge, 1757-1818: Colonel in the Revolutionary War, Governor of Georgia, and Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives for four terms
  • Carolina Arminda Latham Chafee, 1847-1913 : Native of Rhode Island, and wife of John William Chafee, President of Sibley Mill
  • Col. John McKinne, c1777-1859 :  Commission merchant, banker, toll bridge owner, and planter whose brothers had a network of merchant businesses all along the Eastern seaboard. 


Arts & Culture


At 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Admission Fee/Ticket Price:

Adults: $15 // Children: $10


  • Summerville Cemetery
  • 2301 Cumming Road
  • Augusta, GA




Historic Augusta Website

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