Luncheon, cemetery tour to cap weekend

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 9, 2004

The Butler County Historical and Genealogical Society wants you to know Pilgrimage weekend won’t end Saturday afternoon with the AHA tour of homes.

The ongoing celebration of the society’s 40th anniversary continues on Sunday, Oct. 10 with a buffet lunch at Greenville’s First United Methodist Church and an afternoon tour of nearby Pioneer cemetery.

A visit to Gary and Ramona Martin’s Civil War Era home will cap off the day.

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&uot;We invite people to feel free to attend the church’s 10:30 a.m. services. They may also tour this lovely church before or after our 12:30 luncheon,&uot; says BCHGS President Barbara Middleton.

The covered dish luncheon will spotlight treasured southern family recipes from the BCHGS’s brand-new cookbook, &uot;A Taste of Butler County&uot; along with other favorite home-cooked fare. The meal promises to provide a delicious repast for all who attend.

&uot;The BCHGS plans to provide southern fried chicken, sliced ham, turkey and beverages for the luncheon, and welcomes contribution of a main dish, side dish, salad or dessert to the buffet table,&uot; comments Middleton.

The luncheon is free to historical society members, guests and visitors who bring a dish for the meal. Otherwise, there will be a $5 charge per person for the lunch.

Anyone who has further questions, or who is interested in attending the luncheon, should contact either BCHGS President Barbara Middleton at work (382-2639) or BCHGS Librarian/Quarterly Editor Judy Taylor at home (382-6852).

Take a tour

In the afternoon, a &uot;40th Anniversary&uot; Presentation by Middleton will be followed by a narrative walking tour of historic Pioneer Cemetery (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) to be led by the BCHGS Librarian and Quarterly Editor Judy Taylor.

Many of the county’s most famous early figures and pioneer families were laid to rest here, including Capt. William Butler, for whom the county is named. Greenville Inventor





cast iron grave covers can be found at several burial sites within the cemetery.

Sippin’ lemonade

Following the walking tour, guests are invited to stroll over a block to the home of Ramona and Gary Martin to enjoy a cool glass of lemonade and learn about the fascinating story behind the Martin’s South Park St. home. The home was recently featured on Home and Garden TV’s popular show, &uot;If Walls Could Talk.&uot; Ramona Martin plans to share her experiences concerning the unique discoveries she has made in her historic home – including unexpected ties to famed landscape architect Stuart Washburn.

Reservations required

Again, the Sunday luncheon and tour is absolutely free and open to anyone who either brings a dish featured in the new cookbook or prepares some other favorite family recipe.

However, anyone interested in the event does need to sign up by contacting either Middleton or Taylor this week and indicating how many guests they will bring that day.

&uot;We are so excited about this luncheon and tour. And, certainly, we want to share our wonderful new historical society cookbook which is now on sale,&uot; says Middleton.