Ghost Stories originated from Lawrence County, Trick or Treating around the Square, live music, food, and much more! Bring chairs and/or blankets and wear comfy shoes for the Cemetery Ghost Tour from the old jail to the cemetery.
Schedule of events on this spooky night:
5-5:30pm Costume contest for children
5-6:00pm Trick-Or-Treat around the square
5:45-6:45pm Storytelling for children by Brian “Fox” Ellis (at the Gazebo)
7:15-8:15pm Storytelling for Adults by Brian “Fox” Ellis (at the Gazebo)
9:00pm Jail and Cemetery Ghost Tour
About our storyteller: Brian “Fox” Ellis has been regaling audiences for more than 35 years. Since 1980 Fox has been touring the world as a performer and educator. He is a dynamic teller who, in a warmly entertaining manner, captures what is most life-affirming and beautiful in the human experience.
Every town has a shadow history…
About the Jail and Cemetery Ghost Tour…Assistant Director of the Lawrence County Public Library Clint Alley will lead a walking tour in downtown Lawrenceburg entitled Witches, Rebels, and Outlaws: A Shadow History of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. A joint effort between Main Street Lawrenceburg and the Lawrence County Public Library, the tour is part of the Halloween-themed ‘Spook Around Downtown’ festival.
The tour will begin outside the Old Jail Museum, where Alley will tell the tale of Cleve Weathers, the only sheriff of Lawrence County to be killed in the line of duty. As the crowd moves west on Waterloo Street, they will hear the story of the Witch of the Woods, the Execution of the Innocent Man, and the Tale of the Four Hundred Burials, among other hair-raising and spooky stories from local history. At its midpoint, the tour will stop at the Old City Cemetery, where visitors will hear such stories as the tale of Silas Smith’s Missing Tomb and the story of the First Casualty of the Lost Cause. When the tour begins to turn back, Alley will relate the story of the Davis-Dunn Farm, the Body in the Back Yard, and the Missing Cemetery.
Overall, the tour will be only about 3/5 of a mile in distance, educational in nature, and fun for older children and adults. It will be free of charge, and flashlights will be provided by Main Street. The tour is expected to last between an hour and a half and two hours.
We hope that this Shadow History tour will be as well received as Clint’s 2016 walking tour of Mimosa Cemetery, which drew a crowd of over 100 people to the historic Lawrenceburg burial
ground. You won’t want to miss it!