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Around GEORGIA By Katie Teems Norris
Reanimating Georgia's
history through ghost tours
T
he roots of Georgia history wind from ancient
mound-building cultures, into the Colonial
era as one of the original 13 colonies, through
the institution of slavery and the Trail of Tears, to the
Civil War, Reconstruction and beyond. Generations
of people with countless stories lie buried in Georgia
soil. With such a turbulent history, it's no wonder
Georgia has its share of ghostly legends.
" Southerners love a good tale, whether it's
supernatural or not, " says Jeff Clarke, founder of the
Athens Haunted History Walking Tours.
Over the years, many ghost-tour companies-
often small businesses owned by people with a
passion for history and storytelling-emerged to tell
the stories of Georgia's dead. Ghost tours range from
family-friendly, historical tours to adults-only pub
crawls.
Whether you are a skeptic or a firm believer,
Georgia has a ghost tour for everyone.
Ghosts of Marietta, Marietta
(770) 425-5755; toursofmarietta.com
Ghosts of Marietta, now under the umbrella of Tours of
Marietta, has been telling the city's haunted history for more
than 15 years. The company offers family-friendly tours
grounded in history and firsthand experience.
Owner Lindsey Cash Coleman is a seventh-generation
Marietta resident with roots in the city going back to 1846.
" I love doing tours, I love talking about Marietta and I love
everything about the city, " Coleman says. " Even though we tell a
lot of history on the tours, we tell really interesting stories. "
Ghosts of Marietta offers a few types of ghost tours. The
walking tours last 90 minutes around the Historic Marietta
Square. The haunted pub crawl takes tour-goers to establishments
along the square where they listen to storytellers over
drinks. The company's Scaryetta bus tours drive to locations
farther from the square, such as the Marietta City Cemetery, the
Marietta National Cemetery and antebellum homes.
Even though the stories told on the tours are appropriate
for all audiences, Coleman says " the one that scares people the
most is probably the Kennesaw House. "
Believed to be the most haunted building on the Marietta
Square, the Kennesaw House has been home to many
businesses and served many purposes over the years. The
building, which now houses the Marietta Museum of History,
began as a hotel, served as a temporary headquarters for
U.S. Gen. William T. Sherman and became a Civil War hospital
and morgue. Numerous Union and Confederate soldiers lost
their lives in the building.
According to a popular local legend, a young man visiting
the building the second time it served as a hotel went up the
elevator to the third floor and saw a soldier on a surgical table,
where he was about to undergo an amputation. Thinking he
witnessed a Civil War re-enactment, the man retreated to the
first floor, where an employee informed him that there was no
re-enactment-just an empty hallway.
Dan Cox, founder of the Marietta Museum of History, is a
self-proclaimed skeptic but has had unexplained experiences
at the Kennesaw House. He's heard footsteps, smelled cigar
smoke and seen apparitions, but one encounter was especially
memorable.
In summer 2001, Cox installed a security camera facing the
Ghosts of Marietta's spirited guides share stories about local
hauntings during walking tours around the city's historic square.
28 Georgia Magazine October 2021
elevator, with a monitor in his office so he could keep an eye on
the lobby. One afternoon, he heard the elevator open, but no
one appeared on the monitor and no one was in the lobby when
MOMENTS BY MONICA
KELLY HUFF / CITY OF MARIETTA
http://www.toursofmarietta.com

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