By Melissa Robinson
The third annual Spirits
of McDonough Cemetery Tour is set for October 26 and 27 and
according to organizer Judy Neal, tickets are selling steadily.
“We get several calls a day
for tickets, so we’re very excited about this year’s event,”
For the past two year’s
the tour has sold out, and Neal said the best way to guarantee a
spot is to call in advance for a reservation.
Eddie Ausband stands in the
McDonough city cemetery, at the site where he will portray
Henry Jefferson Copeland in the upcoming Spirits of
McDonough Cemetery Tour.
Photo by Alex Welch
The tour takes place
throughout the historical McDonough city cemetery and brings to
life McDonough’s past through entertaining portrayals of some of
the city’s longtime citizens. Groups up to 30 at a time will be
guided to various stations in the cemetery to hear “personal’
accounts of past lives in McDonough from the time of the Civil
War up to the early 1990s.
According to Neal, the
Spirits of McDonough Cemetery Tour is a fascinating look into
the lives of past residents and the stories told are often those
only known to the person’s inner-circle of friends and family.
“It’s very entertaining
and a way to recall history in an accurate and funny manner,”
said Neal. “Of course, we hear stories about how someone helped
to build a community, but it is the funny, personal stories that
This year’s tour features
one returning character as well as a cast of new characters, and
many of the scripts have been penned by writers who have some
connection to the “spirit.” Neal said the characters will be
brought back to life through honest and often humorous stories.
Kathy Reeves Hubert will
return as Miss Nell Newman, a popular schoolteacher who once
lived in the large, white house located on Jonesboro Rd., across
the railroad tracks near the McDonough Square. She will be
joined this year by her longtime driver, Otis Collins, being
portrayed by Ron Aiken. Other spirits on the tour include Henry
Jefferson (H. J.) Copeland portrayed by Eddie Ausband, and Annie
Lemon Daniel Spencer portrayed by Jill Shedd. Virginia Hitchman
will portray the spirit of Nannie Missie Turner, A. J. “Buddy”
Welch, Jr. will portray Blanton Welch, and Chris Hale will
portray his distant relative, Congressman James W. Wise.
Pat Murphy and Jim Rector will be playing for both days of the
tour, treating guests to various period music on the guitar and
The cemetery tour is
being presented by McDonough Arts with the support and
sponsorship of several local businesses.
The Spirits of McDonough City Cemetery Tour
will be held Saturday, October 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sunday,
October 27 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5
for children ages 12 and under. Free parking is available at
Richard Craig Park located at 125 S. Zack Hinton Parkway in
McDonough. Call 404-660-3813 for tickets or visit
for more information.