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STONE CARVING. Linwood Cemetery is not only a memorial garden to commemorate the deceased, it is also an open-air museum of the art that out lives life, left behind to celebrate all the lives lived and lost. READ ON »»

RESTORATION. Preservation of our history in the face of decay is truly a noble aim. To make sure that future generations can enjoy the serenity of the cemetery, we gladly and thankfully accept donations. READ ON »»

VOLUNTEER. Time is relentless, constantly working to erode the past. It is our duty to stave off this erosion. With so much restoration already accomplished, there is still much to be done, including the restitution of the century old Edmond Cole upright grand piano. READ ON »»

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June 2nd, 2014

Hisotric Linwood Foundation receives matching grant challenge!

Please help the Historic Linwood Foundation!!

The Historic Linwood Foundation (HLF) has received a matching grant challenge! The goal is to raise $140,000.00 by December 15, 2014, with the challenge grant being that the HLF will receive $2.00 for every $1.00 raised. We have the opportunity to raise $440,000.00! The money will be used to restore more than 40 masonry projects here in the cemetery. This will include the restoration of individual brick graves, brick walls within the cemetery, and brick copings around numerous lots.

With the help of our brick mason, we were able to judge the areas that were in most dire need of work.

Please help us reach our goal! Send your tax deductible donation to: The Historic Linwood Foundation, P. O. Box 1057, Columbus, GA 31902. Denote on your check that it is for the Matching Grant.

Consider joining the Historic Linwood Foundation!! Just click on the link above to download a membership form.


May 29th, 2014

Summer in Linwood Cemetery

The summer heat has settled over the area like a blanket, but that is not stopping our 3rd Saturday Tours through the cemetery. Please join us on either June 21st, July 19th or our last tour on August 16th, as you stroll through Historic Linwood Cemetery, led by one of our guides, to learn history of Columbus, GA, and hear some interesting stories of persons buried here. The tours will start at 9:30 am from the Lummus Chapel on the east end of the cemetery. If it is raining, the tours will be cancelled as these are WALKING tours.

On Saturday, June 7th, the Chattahoochee Valley Writers, Inc. will be hosting “Write – On Columbus 2014″ here in Linwood Cemetery. This is a time to resurrect your writing with a self directed walk through the cemetery. The event will start at 9:00 am and end at noon. There will be a $5.00 registration fee payable at the event. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact chattwriter@gmail.com or call 706-563-9807.

Please mark your calendar for Thursday, October 23rd! That is the date for our 18th Annual Fall Ramble. This year the ramble will be themed around the photography book entitled “Linwood Through the Lens: Contemporary Photographs of Historic Linwood Cemetery“.

A little back ground on the photography book: From January 1 through December 31, 2013, photographers swarmed the cemetery trying to get the most intriguing photographs of things in the cemetery. Over 400 photos were submitted into a juried competition, with 150 being selected and included in the publication of a coffee table style book with the afore mentioned title. The finished product will be available for purchase at the Ramble. Then, on October 30th, there will be an exhibit of the photos included in the book at the Rankin in downtown Columbus. The photographers will be there to share with you the inspiration that led them to take the photos they did.

As always, our Lummus Chapel is available for weddings, memorial services, club meetings, family reunions or any other event that you need a place to meet.

If you would like to volunteer here in the cemetery, or would like information on renting the chapel, please give us a call at the Foundation office at 706-321-8285.


September 16th, 2013

Morbid Curiosities: Theme of This Year’s Linwood Cemetery Ramble

Morbid Curiosities: Theme of This Year’s Linwood Cemetery Ramble

The 17th Annual Historic Linwood Foundation Fall Ramble is an annual event you do not want to miss. Join us on Thursday, October 24, for a sunset tour through Historic Linwood Cemetery, with guides presenting stories of the lives and deaths of some Linwood “residents.” Following the tours, guests are invited to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Old Section of the cemetery.

The theme of this year’s ramble is “Morbid Curiosities” – featuring deaths by unnatural causes. Our guides will lead you down Linwood’s grassy paths, stopping to reminisce and memorialize the unfortunate demise of some of the interred. The causes of death to be mentioned include 19 as malaria and scarlet fever; childhood maladies like teething; accidents, including snake bite, rabies, auto wrecks, train accidents, fires and falls; as well as murder and suicide.

Tours will start every 15 minutes beginning at 5:00 p.m., and will continue till approximately 6:30p.m. or until all guests have taken the tour. Our visitors with special needs are asked to come to the 5:00 p.m. tour when golf carts will be available to ferry you around the cemetery. Following the tours, we’ll offer you a bounty of delicious hors d’oeuvres (prepared by local caterer Jodi Ressmeyer), along with a well-stocked bar.

Advance tickets are $25.00 for Historic Linwood Foundation members and $30.00 for non-members. Day-of-event tickets are $30.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members. Student tickets (under 21) are $12.00. Please enter through the gates at the chapel on Linwood Boulevard. Parking will be inside the cemetery. Gates open at 4:15 p.m.; police officers will provide parking directions.

Tickets are available at the Historic Linwood Foundation Office on the grounds of Linwood Cemetery. For more information, please call our office at 706-321-8285 Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

For more information, check us out on Facebook (Historic Linwood Cemetery Foundation).


May 8th, 2013

Tours starting every third Saturday of the Month

Interested in local history?  Art?  Spending time outdoors?  Then come to Historic Linwood Cemetery on the third Saturday of the month at 9:30am for the THIRD SATURDAY TOUR.  The tour will start at the Lummus Chapel, located at the east end of the cemetery, and will highlight the stories of some of the people buried in Linwood, the history of Columbus, the beautiful stone and iron work, interesting epitaphs and more.  The walking tour will last about an hour.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water (and snack, if you like). THIRD SATURDAY TOURS are offered at no charge by the Historic Linwood Foundation, Inc., and are open to the public (donations accepted).   No reservation is necessary.  Call 706-321-8285 for more information.


September 11th, 2012

16th Annual Historic Linwood Foundation Fall Ramble

The 16th Annual Historic Linwood Foundation Fall Ramble is an annual event you do not want to miss.Join us on a sunset tour through the
cemetery with presenters speaking about various people buried in Linwood Cemetery. It is followed by a cocktail party on the grounds.
Tours will start every 15 minutes starting at 5:30, and will continue to approximatley 6:30 or until all guests have had the tour.

Our visitors with special needs are asked to come to the 5:30 tour when golf carts will be availble to ferry you around the cemetery.
The theme this year is “Culinary Columbus” featuring some of the people who influenced how Columbus and the world dines and snacks.

Advance tickets are $25.00 for Historic Linwood Foundation members and $30.00 for non-members.
Day of event tickets are $30.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members.
Students tickets (under 21) are $12.00.

Please enter throught the gates at the chapel on Linwood Boulevard.
Tickets are available at the Historic Linwood Foundation Office on the grounds of Linwood Cemetery. For more information, please call our
office at 706-321-8285 Monday thru Friday 9:00 to 3:00 eastern time


June 29th, 2012

Historic Linwood Foundation continues to fulfill its mission

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Historic Linwood Foundation continues to fulfill its mission. We have been in existence since 1997, and we are going strong. Our membership is on the increase, and restoration and preservation efforts continue. If you are not familiar with the Historic Linwood Foundation and what we do in Linwood Cemetery, our mission statement is as follows:

“To preserve and maintain Linwood Cemetery as an historic and cultural site of importance to the City of Columbus and its citizens, to assist the City of Columbus in restoring, preserving, improving, maintaining and managing Linwood Cemetery, and to educate the public with respect to the cultural and historic values of Linwood Cemetery, and for other educational and charitable purposes.”

Each year, the staff and volunteers give tours to student groups and individuals interested in the history of Columbus and we are proud to point out the craftsmanship and beauty of the markers and monuments that grace our cemetery.

The Foundation works closely with the city to maintain the grounds of this Historical site. Their help is invaluable in keeping the grounds of the cemetery in pristine condition. Our visitors are especially aware of the work and compliment the upkeep on a regular basis.

The Ramble this year will be on Thursday, October 18th, and the theme is “Culinary Columbus”. We will be exploring the people who brought such foods as ice cream, peanuts and so much more to the Columbus are. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend.

If you would like to join our membership, please download the membership form and mail it today. If we don’t preserve the beauty that is Historic Linwood Cemetery, who will? Please contact the office at 706-321-8285 if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.

Jane Brady, Executive Director


January 31st, 2011

Recent Restoration

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January 27th, 2011

Restoration in Linwood Cemetery

Historic Linwood Foundation has successfully continued to fulfill it’s mission for 14 years!!! Our mission statement is as follows:

To preserve and maintain Linwood Cemetery as an historic and cultural site of importance to the City of Columbus and its citizens, to assist the City of Columbus in restoring, preserving, improving, maintaining and managing Linwood Cemetery, and to educate the public with respect to the cultural and historic values of Linwood Cemetery, and for other educational and charitable purposes.

I know we are meeting all of the above criteria. In the past year, restoration encompassed at least 20 lots to include both brick restoration and monument conservation. Our office staff and faithful docents toured approximately 400 students through the cemetery in late October of 2010. We continue to provide commmunity service hours for students from several different schools in the area. With the help of some of these students and volunteers we have also been able to clean some of the stones in the cemetery which better able visitors who are researching their genealogy to read the information they are seeking.  Our Annual Fall Ramble grows larger in attendance with each year that passes. We had 324 in attendance this past October.

The Foundation continues to work closely with the city to maintain the grounds of this Historical site. Their help here is of utmost importance as they remove debris from worksites, blow the area around our office and the Lummus Chapel and generally keep up the cemetery. Our visitors are especially aware of the work and compliment the upkeep on a regular basis.

In summary, I am proud to report to our readers that the mission of the Foundation is still the number one priority. If you have questions or would like to join our membership, please contact the office at 706-321-8285.

Deby Payne, Executive Director


August 23rd, 2010

DON’T MISS THE 14TH ANNUAL FALL RAMBLE

SAVE THIS DATE !!!! 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14TH, 2010

The 14th ANNUAL FALL RAMBLE hosted by Historic Linwood Foundation is right around the corner. The HLF Board members and staff have been working diligently for this upcoming event presenting “A Tribute to Etta Blanchard Worsley and Columbus on the Chattahoochee”.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on October 14th, our guests are treated to an evening stroll through Linwood Cemetery. During your tour you will stop at several gravesites and hear the stories of “Linwood Residents”. Golf  carts are provided for the 5:30 tour for those who may want to ride versus walk. Golf carts are also available throughout the rest of the evening and tours leave approximately 15 apart with the last tour leaving at 6:45 pm.

After you ramble through the cemetery, you are invited to join us for BBQ and Beverages. This event is talked about throughout the year. It is a wonderful way to learn about the History of Columbus while visiting with friends and meeting new people who share an interest and passion for History. This event only gets better with every year!!!

Advanced ticket prices for the Fall Ramble are $15.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members. On the day of the event the price is $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members. Tickets go on sale September 1st, and people are just dying to get them, so don’t wait until the last minute.

Please feel free to call the Linwood office for information at (706)321-8285. I look forward to seeing you at this years Ramble. What a great way to spend an October evening!!

See you in the cemetery …

Deby Payne, Executive Director


August 23rd, 2010

2010 Georgia Municipal Cemetery Association

Historic Linwood Foundation along with the City of Columbus will be hosting the 2010 GMCA Conference September 9th and 10th.  The title of the conference is “Genealogy Etched in Stone”.

The first day will consist of a tour in Historic Linwood Cemetery with lunch to follow. After lunch we have scheduled local speakers and some GMCA members to speak on the subject of Genealogy. The second day of the conference will begin at Riverdale Cemetery with breakfast and then we move to Porterdale Cemetery for a “Ground Penetration” presentation. The group will then tour the Springer Opera House with lunch to follow. Anyone interested is encouraged to register. Please contact the Sexton’s office at 706-653-4579 for registration information.