Visitors will get to meet one of the settlers of Alexander City at the Living History Cemetery Tour on April 13.
James Young and his family moved to Youngsville, now Alexander City, in 1836 and he served as a commissioner in 1841.
“His family followed him from South Carolina and he bought a large station of land out near what is now Highway 22 and Highway 280, that junction and around what was called the Georgia Store that was the center of what was then Youngsville,” said Rodney Meadows, who plays Young during the tour.
When Young moved to the territory he bought about 320 acres of land. Young’s son, Griffin, was the town’s first postmaster and marked off a portion of Youngsville that would later develop into the downtown historic district of Alexander City.
The Living History Cemetery Tour will be held April 13 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.
The event also features an art show at The Mill Two Eighty with more than 30 artists displaying and selling their works, from pottery to jewelry, paintings, photographs, folk art and more. The art show will open at 8 a.m. and is open to the public free of charge. Artists from across Alabama will take part in the show.
Wristband tickets for the cemetery tour portion of the event can be purchased at the art show at $20 for adults and $10 for students. Transportation will be provided from The Mill Two Eighty to the cemetery for the guided tour and back to The Mill Two Eighty. Tours will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. In case of rain on April 13, the cemetery tour portion of the event will be held at the Alexander City Theatre II Fine Arts Center at 216 Tallapoosa St.
Editorial staff at Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., researched the lives of the cemetery characters and drafted the scripts. The actors added their own research to their characters.
Sponsors for the event include Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., Robinson Iron, Holley’s Home Furnishings, Frohsin’s, Central Alabama Community College, Main Street Alexander City, Lion’s Club, the City of Alexander City and Radney Funeral Home.