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Port Gibson: Wintergreen Cemetery Tour

PORT GIBSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

I have made the comment before that I tend to like any cemetery that I can walk out of after I tour it.

But I particularly like those historic burial grounds like Wintergreen Cemetery in Port Gibson. It’s draped in history just like it’s draped in Spanish Moss.

Which, by the way, can look pretty spooky hanging from the trees in the path ahead on a nighttime cemetery tour. Which is what is happening Friday and Saturday night. Mike Herron, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church tells us, “This is the third time we’ve done a tour of Wintergreen Cemetery here in Port Gibson and we’re doing this to raise funds for the upkeep and support of the cemetery. We had such great response the first time we did one which was for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Port Gibson, we decided to do another tour last year and this will be out third tour.”

During the nighttime tour, the portrayers will dress as historical figures and stand at appropriate places near graves and tell who they are. And to boot, some of these people are portraying their ancestors.

Milton Chambliss is his great grandfather, born a slave who escaped and joined the Union Army. Shrive Guthrie is his great, great, great grandfather, Zebulon Butler, first pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Port Gibson, who’s upraised hand sermon gesture is the inspiration for the carved hand on top of the steeple. Bradley McKay is Benjamin Humphries, 26th Governor of Mississippi and Confederate General and his great, great, great, great uncle. And there will be others.

As far as making a difference, not only will the tour raise funds for upkeep of Wintergreen, the tour also emphasizes one of the most important commodities South West Mississippi has, history. A commodity which, by the way, cannot be outsourced to elsewhere. It stays right here. And the tour represents a way to package and present that history in a way to attract what should become the biggest industry in South West Mississippi, tourism.

Milton Chambliss, one of the actors says, “And there are many, many historic sites that are in Claiborne County.”

Being in any of the five tours Saturday night starting at 6 p.m. is a good way to get some living history in Wintergreen Cemetery in Port Gibson.

Tickets can be purchased at Isabella Bed and Breakfast on Church Street in Port Gibson.

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