Looking for a fun drive — just to get of the house? Look no further! The Guernsey County Chapter of Ohio Genealogy Society  (GCCOGS) has an opportunity for you. The recent stay-at-home COVID19 situation has literally kept everyone holed up, just waiting for an excuse to get out of the house. The GCCOGS hopes to give you that excuse on Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m.

Join the GCCOGS for a self-driving/self-walking tour of historic Route 40 and the Old Washington Cemetery, starting at the Old Washington Presbyterian Church.

There will be a $5 charge for each car/person. The funds will be turned over to the group that initially sent up the signage. Several will help with the restoration of several signs from being in the elements and numbers have weathered off. Ed Wagstaff suggests a self-guided tour, driving and stopping at the many sights at your leisure.

The starting location will be in front of the former Old Washington High School. There, you will receive a handout giving the exact driving directions from the interstate to the Fairview exit and proceeding along the Historic National Road. This will give you the opportunity to experience a similar journey to the one our ancestors experienced as they traveled this famous roadway — seeing the same things they did.

As you complete the self-driving tour, you will make your final stop at the Old Washington Cemetery parking outside the entrance. Here you will receive a second handout detailing information/stories regarding those resting inside its boundaries.

GCCOGS needs your help. We would like to tell your stories. You may have family that once lived along this route? What interesting stories can you share about them? Do you have any fun facts about folks lying within the cemetery? Can you write them down on paper so we can include them with our handouts? We want to relay these stories to those that attend this event.

The driving tour has signage with numbers on each one. The same type of guidance will be used around the cemetery. Starting at one point and slowly walking around the grounds to ensure all the stories collected from the information provided is heard.

To submit a story, email the Genealogy Society at gccogs@yahoo.com or call and leave a message at 740-432-9249. The office is currently closed – due to the COVID-19 virus – but messages are checked.