This year’s annual “A Walk in the Past” cemetery tour by Heritage Alliance will have a little more drama and delve into a troublesome time in Warren County history – the Civil War era.
“With this being the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the Battle of Rebel Hill fought here in McMinnville, I thought we should focus on Civil War-era personalities,” said Heritage Alliance president Jimmy Haley.
Due to our resources and the railroad line, both Union and Confederate armies established headquarters in Warren County. McMinnville changed hands at least five times during the war. Union forces built 14 forts and blockhouses around the city to secure the area.
The war made life interesting for local residents such as Major Jesse Walling, Dr. Thomas Black, attorney James Powell Thompson, L. Virginia French, W.S. Lively, Mariah Comer Beech, Josephine Houchin and Clare Stainback Rutherford.
Current residents can listen to the stories of those former residents with the help of Warren County High School drama students. Scripts were provided to the students by Haley, who is a local historian. Members of the class will be providing the costumed characters, as well as the entertainment this year.
“It’s going to be great,” said Haley. “The students are calling me up asking about their parts and how they should deliver their lines. They want to make sure to deliver convincing characters. It’s going to be a successful partnership.”
The walk is offered on Oct. 26 from 4-6 p.m. in historic Riverside Cemetery. Tours will begin every 15 minutes. Admission is a $5 donation. Children under age 5 are admitted free. Depot Cafe will be open for dining and refreshments.
For more information, send an email to Carla King at email@example.com.