Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Tour of Southern Ghosts

Do you like GHOST stories?

This is the bewitching time of year.  With Halloween coming up soon, what a great time for scary, ghoulish ghost stories on an official ghost tour with terrifying tales spun by professional storytellers on the annual "Tour of Southern Ghosts" at Stone Mountain Park, beginning the evening of October 13 at the lantern-lit paths of Antebellum Plantation, the spookiest plantation in the South, and running through October 31, including Halloween night.  It's a great family event, but you might want to be sure you have a brave-hearted individual in your group in case the stories get a little too scary!

You'll hear stories of "real" ghosts, like the following scary stories:

Awakened by the sound of wagons passing late in the night, Liza's curiosity gets the best of her...and the Army of the Dead does as well.  According to her husband, nobody should speak of them or look at them.  Liza does...with paralyzing results.
Love, loyalty--and guilt frequently cause a person to remain among the living once they're gone. Aunt Caroline, an elderly slave, had all those reasons and more.  Love and loyalty for the family she served all of her life and guilt for not being there when they perished at the hands of Union soldiers seem to be reason enough.  But, the motion of putting something around her neck...was it the noose with which she hanged herself--or something more valuable?
A little antique doll that's seen better days...How harmful can that be?  Perhaps little Mary should have paid more attention to her father and avoided that old haunted house and she would never have found the doll--and lost her soul.
War makes heroines of the strangest people.  There were none stranger than Miss Violet, a pig-headed lone-wolf sort of woman who acted like the rest of humanity didn't exist...until the first orphan was given to her to raise.  Seven children in all came to Miss Violet's for love and protection when their parents were killed in the war.  Miss Violet vowed to protect them until the day she died...and even after that.  The ghost of Miss Violet kept the Yankee marauders from harming her precious children--and the soldiers paid the ultimate price.
“The Ghost Who Practiced Dying” is a tale of strange noises under the bed.  Two friends were convinced that it was a ghost.  In the end, they uncovered the truth.
“The Specter in the Graveyard” is a story of a man who, upon leaving a local tavern late one crisp October night, believed that he was being pulled into the earth in the graveyard on his way home.  The “spirits” may have convinced him to give up drinking after that.
Millie Crocket was an infamous old woman who, after her passing, is still seen and heard ordering her favorite adult beverage; knock, knock, knock.
A little boy lost, the sounds of cannon fire where there is no cannon, all the sea life trying to leave the ocean… In times of crisis, it’s good to have family, no matter how far they have to travel.
Grannie Annie, the town’s nursemaid, carried a carved up and sturdy big old stick for protection but she never needed it... ‘til she cut through the woods one night.  
The performances feature six storytellers each night, rotating from a pool of twelve.  This year’s storytellers are: Fracena Byrd, Kara Cantrell, Angela Corbin, David Hirt, Nancy Knight, Theresa O’Shea, Ron Powers, Scottie Rowell, Brandon Sartain, Melodie Sartain, Lester Thomas & Tracy Walker.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling the ART Station box office at 770 469 1105 or may be purchased at the Antebellum Plantation Box Office at Stone Mountain Park at 6:45 each performance evening.  Tours begin each evening at 7:00 p.m. with a different tour starting every 10 minutes.  The tour last approximately 50 minutes.  Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. For additional information call 770 469 1105.