Marking a Family History with Historic Westville

Jun 1, 2015

For Immediate Release
Darby Britto
Historic Westville
(888) 733-1850


Marking a Family History with Historic Westville

June 13


Lumpkin, GA - June 1, 2015 -The Captain John Collins and Marquis De Lafayette Chapters Sons of the American Revolution, The William McIntosh Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution; and Historic
Westville will be dedicating a grave marker commemorating the service of Revolutionary War soldier, Willis West Sr.  Mr. West is the great grandfather of John Word West, whose collection of buildings and objects formed the
nucleus of Historic Westville's extraordinary collection of 19th century buildings and artifacts.

Westville's Director, Leo J. Goodsell is honored to present the proclamation honoring Willis West Sr. for his sacrifice for our country in the Revolutionary War, and extends Westville's appreciation to the Sons of the American Revolution for
their efforts in providing historical and educational knowledge, as well as perpetuating the memory of the men who, by their services and sacrifices during the American Revolutionary War achieved the independence of the American people.

Willis West is buried in the Willis West Cemetery in Fayetteville, Georgia. The West Cemetery is a historical example of the many small family cemeteries throughout the South. The land where the cemetery is located fell out of family
hands sometime around 1848. A West descendant has purchased the land and begun the process of reclaiming the cemetery.

Historic Westville, a living history museum, embodies 19th century life in the South through a remarkable collection of artifacts, buildings, and structures exemplifying Southern culture and history.  

For more information please contact: David Thompson (404) 583-4604.


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