Area residents have a chance to learn history ”almost first hand” from costumed historical reenactors Sunday, October 14 at 2 PM at Greenwood’s Dawson Memorial Cemetery. The annual event, sponsored by the South Sebastian County Historical Society, will honor the lives and tell the colorful stories of five early residents of Greenwood’s Milltown community. There is no admission fee.


Those to be celebrated include Joseph L. Basham (portrayed by John Hagen), Jefferson Green Elmore (portrayed by Matt Hutchinson), Chesley Hudson Nichols (portrayed by Steve Raney), Catherine Bottorff Dawson (portrayed by Susan Trisler) and William Willhite (portrayed by Harold Trisler). Visitors will hear tales of high jacking on the high seas, fine cabinet-making, marriage and divorce customs in 1850s America, the Civil War and farming life in Sebastian County. Vintage tools and farm implements will be demonstrated and displayed.


This is the ninth year for the graveside event, originally organized by Donna Goldstein as a means to educate about history in an entertaining way. National park ranger Cody Faber assumes leadership this year. The event is held at a different cemetery each year.


Dawson Memorial Cemetery is located approximately 6 miles south of Greenwood at 5357 Co Rd 77 (Mt. Harmony Road). From Center Street, traveling east, turn south (right) at the traffic light onto Mt. Harmony Road. Follow Mt. Harmony Road approximately 8 miles to the cemetery on the left side of the road. For more information, visit the Historical Society’s Facebook page “Buried Treasure Graveside Tales” or call the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce at 479-996-5367.