Macon group shares stories from the grave

Macon group shares 'Stories from the Grave'

If you're looking for something a little spooky with a side of history, you might want to take a trip to Riverside Cemetery. You'll meet men and women dressed up as characters from Macon history.They're bringing stories from the grave alive.

There's a lot of history at Macon's Riverside Cemetery.

“Mr. Hay of the Hay house is parked right here. There's so many different people that are notable in Macon. Mayors, clergymen,” said Bell.

In these graves, the spirits of the dead are brought back to life by the reenactment of their story.

Steve Bell, family services and event coordinator for Riverside Cemetery, says Spirits in October starts with a team who gathers information.

“Sometimes they'll contact the family members. They'll ask for photos. So every year, it changes," said Bell. “Now we've got a few that are so good that we'll bring back as an encore once in a while,” said Bell.

This is their ninth year, and Bell says they have people portraying Martha Johnston, a wealthy woman who gave land to the Girl Scouts, and Eady Beecher, a slave who lived to be 104 years old. They added a new character, murderer Angette Lyles.

“A lot of people know about Angette, murdering her family. She had a diner down town and she fed them arsenic. So, on one of the trails one of the kids who came to the tour turned and said that woman’s crazy and she was.”

Riverside Cemetery is a 125-acre lot originally designed by Calvert Vaux. He is known for creating Central Park in New York.

Bell says you'll have to come out to the cemetery to hear the other stories, but you can find people scattered along this mile-long trail.

The tour starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and on Sunday the fun starts at 4 p.m.

If you would like to purchase a ticket, you can purchase it at RiversideCemetery.com


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