ATHENS AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
TOMBSTONE TOUR & TOWN TALES
The Tombstone Tour is a guided walking tour of our local cemetery which is lighted with torches and the entire affair is festive in nature. Local citizens play the roles of citizens no longer with us but who have contributed highly to the history of the wonderful community of Athens. The tour is conducted in the fall each year with two shows on the same day. Each tour (show) usually lasts about 1 1/2 hour. The tour is held regardless of the weather . The sixth tour was held on 9/27/2014 but with a new name "Tombstone Tour and Town Tales". The Society added "Town Tales" to reflect how special places, happenings, and events in Athens past affect an entire town today. Local volunteers take visitors on a guided tour into the past, as historical figures who are dressed in period costume tell their life stories or a tale of the town's past new event. Special accommodations are made with golf carts for those who need help getting about. Light refreshments are available.
The Tombstone tour is our largest fundraiser involving many hundreds of hours of volunteers.