Stone Mountain Village showcases heritage

4/25/2014, 6:35 a.m.

History buffs can take a tour of Stone Mountain’s historic cemetery, participate in an Archaeology Field Day, attend a book signing, and sashay at a May Day Dance on May 3.

All the festivities are part of the city of Stone Mountain’s 175th anniversary.

Patricia Wheeler

Patricia Wheeler

Stone Mountain Mayor Patricia Wheeler said the village is proud to show off its heritage.

“Days like this hold something for everyone,” Wheeler said. “We hope to see history buffs, families and people who just want to learn more about our village enjoying the day.”

Mary Beth Reed

Mary Beth Reed

Mary Beth Reed, chair of the organizing committee for the 175th anniversary, said it will be “a fun-filled day” for Stone Mountain Village.

“Volunteers have been working for several months to gather stories to tell about the people and families who have found their final resting place in the cemetery,” she said.

The City Cemetery dates to before the city’s incorporation in 1839. The tours take place from 10 a.m. to noon.

It begins at the granite entry gate at the intersection of Main Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue and will highlight the significant individuals buried there. Their family members also will talk about them.

The cemetery’s distinctive features include monuments crafted by the area’s stonecutters and a mass burial grave that dates to the Civil War.

The Basket Bakery across from the cemetery will offer box lunches after the tour.

May is Archaeology Month in Georgia, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., New South Associates will host Archaeology Field Day at 6150 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.

The interactive outdoor event for adults and children will feature Abby the Archaeobus, prehistoric pottery making, stone tool production, a mock excavation and archaeological exhibits, and storyteller Barry Mann from the Woodruff Arts Center’s Young Audiences. It is free to attend.

Local historian and author George Coletti will sign copies of his book, “The Granite Sentinel,” at the Village Corner Restaurant at noon, and at 4 p.m., the restaurant will host a May Day Dance to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Maypole dances also will be held at 5 and 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.stone

mountainvillage.com or contact Mechel McKinley at mmckinley@stonemountaincity.org or 770-498-8984, Ext. 137.