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Meet haints, saints from Jefferson’s historic past

POSTED: October 25, 2012 12:30 a.m.

The ghosts of Jefferson will be summoned this weekend to share their tales of the past.

The Crawford W. Long Museum Association, in collaboration with the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, will offer a glimpse into Jefferson’s past at Woodbine Cemetery.

Local figures from the Revolutionary War to the early 20th century will tell their stories when the Crawford Long Museum Association presents the first Haints and Saints cemetery tours Oct. 26-27.

The walking tours will begin at 7:30 p.m. and depart the museum every 30 minutes, with the last tour set for 10:30 p.m.

The guided tours will take attendees through downtown Jefferson and the cemetery, where volunteer actors in period costume will present dramatic first-person accounts of the lives of a half-dozen cemetery residents. The accounts, based on historic records, give first-person views of regional and local events.

Tour attendees will meet Nancy Randolph Harrison, proprietor of the 120-year-old Harrison Hotel; Ira Ethridge, the versatile entrepreneur of the Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm; Mary Jane Merck Patrick, a Civil War widow; James Mauldin, a veteran of the Civil War; Dr. J.B. Pendergrass, who treated patients in a building that became part of the Crawford W. Long Museum; and Samuel Knox, a Revolutionary War soldier.

Local resident and writer Laurie Anderson researched and wrote the script for the event. She also writes for the syndicated radio program “The Mountain Music & Medicine Show” and has written and directed a bluegrass musical featuring Appalachian Christmas traditions for the Holly Theater in Dahlonega.

Chuck Miller with Jefferson Community Theater will direct the production. Cemetery residents are portrayed by performers from the theater troupe, as well as a great-grandchild of Ira Ethridge and Civil War and Revolutionary War re-enactors.

Admission is $12, with advance required by calling 706-367-5307 or visiting www.crawfordlong.org. One child under 12 is admitted free with a paying adult.

Participants must be able to walk five city blocks. This event is suitable for children ages 6 and older.


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