Two wayward spirits guided curious tour attendees along a candle-lined path Wednesday night, the rows of paper lanterns glowing brightly as dusk fell across Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg. Thursday was scheduled to be the opening night of the historic cemetery's 14th year of its Candlelight Tours living history program.
During the Wednesday dress rehearsal, Tony Davis and Russell Hill portrayed William and Phillip Chambers, a father-and-son duo, both buried in the cemetery. They led the tour along six stops, at each unveiling the story of someone who lived or died in Lynchburg, many of whom were buried in the cemetery as well.
From teaching about a stone carver who watches over the grave of his 2-year-old grandson to a German immigrant who made a life in Lynchburg or one of the first residents of Point of Honor, the tours carve a path through local history.
Performances run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through Oct. 23. Tickets and details can be found at www.gravegarden.org.