About Linwood

By orders from the Georgia General Assembly, Edward Lloyd Thomas was sent to the falls on the Chattahoochee River to survey land on which to raise a trading post on the outskirts of the southern frontier. He brought along with him his son Truman to help with the survey. The year 1828 was born into a bitter winter and, as the harsh months wore on, young Truman fell ill. He succumbed to the cold and passed away on March 26th in the wilderness of what would become the neighborhood known as Linwood. Grief-stricken, the father buried the son… READ ON »»

Notable Residents
Dr. John S. Pemberton: A pharmacist who was wounded in the last land battle of the Civil War here in Columbus, Pemberton would go on to concoct the secret formula to Coca-Cola. H. Augusta Howard: As the woman who founded Georgia’s Women Suffrage Association, Howard’s headstone is emblazoned with the word “Martyr.” Noble Leslie DeVotie: A Baptist minister and newspaper editor, DeVotie is among the founders of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, the first national fraternity to be established in the Deep South… READ ON »»

Lummus Chapel
The relocation, restoration, and preservation of the historic Lummus Chapel to Linwood Cemetery here in Columbus, GA began as so many things do in our town: over scrambled dogs at Dinglewood Pharmacy. Ed Lummus had long been concerned with the safeguarding of the small church, recalling a quote his great-grandfather included in the last letter he wrote to his sons: “Don’t forget the little chapel when you’re beautifying your own houses. One of the great complaints of the prophets was that ‘while the people lived in sealed houses they permitted God’s house to go to waste…'” READ ON »»

Stone Carvers of Linwood
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. Stone carving is the oldest example of representational art in the world, predating our very civilization. From the Venus of Berekhat to Michelangelo’s David, Stone Mountain to Mt. Rushmore, human hands have sought to break, chisel, rasp, and polish wonder and solace from stone. There is perhaps no more humble, yet soul-stirring, example of stone carvings as those found in cemeteries, their marble slabs marking lives lived and lost. Linwood is no exception, boasting an abundance of stone-carved monuments, each with the personal touch of its maker’s hands… READ ON »»