The annual Wrightsboro Homecoming will be held Sunday, May 1, at 11 a.m. at the historic Wrightsboro cemetery and will feature historian Erick Montgomery, executive director of Historic Augusta Inc. as keynote speaker.
Presented by the Wrightsboro Foundation, the annual event brings together community members, visitors and families who have ancestors buried in the cemetery, said Hazel Mobley who is helping with the event coordination.
Some of the graves in the historic cemetery are more than 200 years old, and their descendants may have left the area.
"Most of the families don't live here anymore, but it's an opportunity for them to 'come home.' It's wonderful," she said.
The Wrightsboro Foundation always enjoys welcoming new members, and those who are interested may sign up at the Homecoming, said Dorothy Jones, president of the organization.
"We invite new membership. In particular, we need members of the younger generation," she said.
Visitors are invited to bring a picnic lunch which is traditionally enjoyed on the grounds, Ms. Jones said.
Also as part of the day's activities, Michael Trinkley of the non-profit Chicora Foundation will present a report on recent preservation efforts at the cemetery. As director of the Columbia, S.C. organization, he said respecting the history of the cemetery was of primary concern during the conservation project that was completed this past winter.
In addition to the cemetery report, keynote speaker Dr. Montgomery will share some of his knowledge of historic preservation. Dr. Montgomery's organization, Historic Augusta Inc., oversees the historic boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson in Augusta which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated an official "Save America's Treasures" site.
Dr. Montgomery, executive director of Historic Augusta Inc. since 1989, has served on a number of preservation and historical organizations including the Georgia Historical Society, Georgia National Register Review Board; Richmond County Historical Society; the CSRA Historic Preservation Advisory Board, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Georgians for Preservation Action.