Fewer than 40 tickets remain for the 2014 Tales from the Tomb, the annual living history project of the Bulloch County Historical Society. Ticket sales end by 3 p.m. Thursday, or earlier if all tickets are sold.
Tours start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and continue every 15 minutes until the last tour starting at 7:30.
"Some time slots are already sold out," said Joe McGlamery, the president of the Historical Society. "Local actors and actresses will portray eight early residents of Statesboro, including R.J.H., DeLoach who was a professor at Georgia Teachers College and a friend of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, Harvey Firestone and other prominent Americans; the story of two immigrant railroad workers who argued over a drunken card game, resulting in the death of one and the suicide of the other, although they both now rest side by side in Eastside Cemetery; Miss Mattie Lively, who came to Statesboro as a teacher in 1900 and taught hundreds of Bulloch County students over a 40-year career."
Other past Bulloch County citizens whose stories will unfold include that of Dr. Alfonso John Mooney, a pioneer Bulloch County surgeon whose son and daughter-in-law, John and Dot Mooney, would later start Willingway Hospital, McGlamery explained.
"We will also feature the story of husband and wife Charley and Myrtle Smith Olliff, two very prominent citizens of Statesboro from the first half of the 20th century," said historical society project coordinator Virginia Anne Franklin Waters.
Closing out the evening will be a special guest spirit, early Statesboro educator William James, portrayed by well-known actor and director Mical Whitaker.
Guides will lead the groups along a lighted trail. Limited golf carts will be available for those unable to walk the tour's distance.