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Walk among ghostly descendants in Jefferson cemetery

Guided moonlit tours this weekend

POSTED: October 24, 2013 1:00 a.m.

Local figures from the Civil War to the early 20th century will tell their tales when the Crawford Long Museum Association and Jefferson Community Theatre presents the second Haints and Saints cemetery tours this weekend.

Moonlight guided tours will take attendees through downtown Jefferson and the Woodbine Cemetery, where 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 and offer an alternative to typical Halloween activities.

Tour attendees will meet John Duke, the town’s first fire chief; 14-year-old Pearl McGarity who died of typhoid fever; James Mauldin, a Civil War veteran; Dr. J.B. Pendergrass, a town doctor; 9-year-old Alexander McCoy; and several women from the same family who ran the Harrison Hotel from its earliest days in 1835 to 1950.

Walking tours will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday. Tours will depart the Crawford Long Museum, 28 College St., every 30 minutes with the last tour departing at 9:30 p.m. each night.

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

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children (ages 3 to 12). Reservations must be made in advance. Visit www.crawfordlong.org or call 706-367-5307 to make reservations. Each tour time is limited.

At the conclusion of the tour, a hayride will shuttle participants to Ferranti’s Cakery for a complimentary hot chocolate or apple cider.


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