To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the placement of a grave marker for Johannes Dingler at Swords Cemetery in Madison, Georgia, there will be a rededication ceremony there on Saturday, July 18 at 11 AM. We invite everyone who is attending the Dingler Reunion this weekend to attend, and we hope to see everyone at the cemetery tomorrow.

We’d like to thank Diane Harbin for making the arrangements, and we are happy to have the Daughters of the American Revolution be a part of this event.

Directions to the cemetery from the Hampton Inn in Madison:

  1. Exit the hotel parking lot and turn right.
  2. Turn left on Eatonton Road
  3. Turn left onto I-20 East. Follow the highway for 6 miles.
  4. Leave the highway at towards Buckhead
  5. Turn left onto S Main St/Seven Islands Rd for 1.3 miles.
  6. Turn right onto Park Mills Rd for 3 miles.
  7. Turn left onto Blue Springs Rd for 1 mile.
  8. The cemetery will be on the left.

Hope to see you there!

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It’s nearly time for the Dingler Reunion. We’re only a week away and looking forward to seeing everybody coming to Madison. The deadline for booking rooms was last week, so if you’re planning to be in Madison, we hope you were able to book as part of the room block. if not, there may still be rooms available at the hotel. Contact the Hampton Inn in Madison at (706) 342-9003 to book your room if necessary.

We will be meeting for dinner on Saturday, July 18, at 5 PM at the Cracker Barrel (003 Eatonton Rd) in Madison. The restaurant is 1/10th of a mile from the hotel, so nobody should have any problems finding it. Don’t worry though, we’ll provide directions just in case.

See you in Madison!

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Make plans now to attend the 36th annual Dingler Family Reunion in Madison Georgia July 17-19. We are returning to Madison to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the installation of the grave marker for Johannes Dingler at the Swords Cemetery. If you were there in 2005, now is the time to return, and if you weren’t able to be there with us, 2015 is a good time to see the marker for the first time.

The Hampton Inn Madison is our host hotel, and two room blocks have been arranged. All rooms are priced at $93 plus taxes per night.

Call hotel for reservations. Ask for the Dingler Family Reunion block and use one of these codes:

  • 83743250 – Standard Double Room
  • 81389266 – King or Accessible Room

The room rate is only guaranteed until July 3, so make sure you book before then. If you plan on arriving on Thursday night, let the hotel know when you call as they can extend the rate for an extra day.

Check back later for information about the location for our meeting and dinner on Saturday night. We’re working on arrangements now and hope to have something to share in the near future.

See you in Madison!

Hampton Inn Madison (hotel website)
2012 Eatonton Rd
Madison, GA 30650
(706) 342-9003




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I’m happy to announce that the 35th Annual Dingler Family Reunion will be held in Montgomery, Alabama, July 18-20. The reunion has been in Montgomery four times before, the most recent in 1996.  This year will be the 30th anniversary of the first Montgomery reunion in 1984.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Staybridge Suites (Eastchase) at a daily rate of $109 plus tax.  To book your room, call the hotel at 334-277-9383 and ask for the Dingler Family Reunion rate. For more information about the hotel, you can visit their website. The hotel is located east of Montgomery just of I-80.  The Shoppes at Eastchase, a new open-air shopping mall is nearby, and downtown Montgomery is only 9 miles away on the interstate.

If you’re looking for things to do in Montgomery, check out the Visit Montgomery website.

We’ll post more as details become available. If you will be joining us in Montgomery this July, please send us an email at and let us know. Please include the number of adults and children who will be attending. Having an accurate count of attendees will help us plan the Saturday night dinner meeting.

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Back in 2008, I added a couple of posts about the Dingler and Sticher cemetery in Douglas County, Georgia. (March 22, 2008 post and May 31, 2008 post) after receiving information from Sandy Whittington, the Chairman of the Douglas County Cemetery Preservation Committee. Sandy emailed me again recently to let me know that the cemetery received its annual cleaning last month.

Every Thursday, they work with an inmate crew and deputy to clean the fifty-seven abandoned cemeteries in the county. This ensures that every cemetery gets an annual cleaning. Sandy said that the cemetery was grown up some, but that it and the other cemeteries don’t get too overgrown thanks to the annual cleaning schedule.

If you’re in the area and want to visit the cemetery, check out the posts I referenced above for additional information. I’d like to give Sandy and her organization a big shout out.  You can find out more about the Douglas County Cemetery Preservation Committee on the Douglas County website.


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