Every Third Saturday Tours
1st Tour: Saturday, May 18th 9:30
General Henry L. Benning Commemorative Service, July 13th 10am. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Lummus Chapel.
17th Annual Linwood Fall Ramble, October 24th
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Having served in the New York Militia during the Civil War, raising a cotton gin manufacturing company in Connecticut, and then selling it, Franklin Hadley Lummus moved his family to Columbus and bought the W.G. Clemons, Brown, and Co. gin manufacturer in 1869. Two years later, he moved the company to a 1,600 acres patch of land in Juniper, GA. This move was made to ensure that his workers would not be led astray by Columbus' "rough element." To make certain his men worked and lived with virtuous hearts, he then erected this chapel to provide non-denominational church services, its first pastor being a Methodist-Episcopal minister.
Relocated to Columbus from Juniper in April of 2007, the official ribbon cutting ceremony occurred on April 24, 2008. In its new life here at Linwood Cemetery, the chapel provides a number of novel services, including the capacity to be rented for weddings, funerals, meetings, and family reunions. At 24 by 48 feet, the building has ample space for your function. Included in Lummus' gift of the small church was the pulpit, the pews, a table for church records, all of which were hewn from heart pine, the original floors, lovely stain glass windows, and a century old Edmond Cole upright grand piano. Fitted with a 38-feet bell tower which houses a bell said to have been cast in Philadelphia around the time of the chapel's construction, this little building overflows with historic charm and offers a respite from these bustling times with memories of a quieter past.
There could be no more appropriate place for this historic chapel to finally come to rest, for though it has moved to a new home, it is back among family. Also at rest in Linwood Cemetery is a number of people who grew up within its walls. Buried here are Ezra Frank Lummus and his wife Julia I. Wendt, along with her mother Eliza Wendt; his brother Louis E. Lummus and his wife Josephine Wendt, and Lummus' great-grandfather Franklin Edward Lummus and his wife Fannie Berry Lummus.
At over a hundred years of age, this small chapel has given much joy in times of celebration and offered much solace in times of pain. With its relocation and restoration here in Linwood Cemetery, it is poised to give of itself one hundred more. So come experience the simple pleasure of this small but wondrous building, and let its story become a chapter in yours.