History and Haunts Trolley Tour


| 11/1/2011 10:34:46 PM


Tags: Civil war battlefields, plantation homes, ghost tours, historical homes, Mary C.,

 our trolley 

The hummingbird migration is complete. Last weekend I had one straggler at my feeders.  In a day or so she would be moving on.  A hint of fall is in the air. The leaves are starting to show their autumn colors.  The dogwoods, sassafras and sugar maples are just stunning. We had a light frost last week and a killing frost  this past weekend.  Saturday after a low of 32 in the morning, it warmed up enough to plant a lot of my potted daylilies and iris. 

I took a little break Saturday afternoon for a History and Haunts Trolley Tour in Tuscumbia.  This past week marked the anniversary of the Civil War battle of Tuscumbia which took place October 26 and 27, 1863.  It was a combination of a Civil War sites and haunted places tour. 

   Winston Home 

    historical marker 

Our first stop was at the Winston Home on the campus of Deshler High School.  Construction was started on the home in 1824.  During the tornado of 1874 which destroyed a lot of the town, Mrs. Winston was coming down the stairs from the widow’s walk and was killed when the stairs collapsed on her.  The home was used for classes while I was in school and restored as a community center some time later.  Mrs. Winston doesn’t mind activities in the home as long as she is invited.  Invitations are kept on a table for those renting the home for festivities to fill out and invite Mrs. Winston. Spurn her and you will incur her raft.  The Mother of one bride neglected to invite Mrs. Winston for the reception and was in the building setting up.  She went out to her car to bring in more supplies and came back into the reception area, all the chairs were bouncing. She ran out of the building and called the manager and was told to go back in and fill out an invitation for Mrs. Winston. After filling out an invitation, all was calm.  Another wedding party neglected to invite Mrs. Winston and had all four video camera to malfunction. 

mary carton
11/7/2011 6:02:06 PM

Thanks Cindy. It was just announced a few days ago that the Arc of the Shoals didn't make the top 3 which would get a grant. I appreciate everyone who tried to help. I din't pass out until we went a few blocks down the street. It was the weirdest feeling I've ever hard. I remember leaning up again a building so that I would slid down on the ground if I did pass out. The tour leader asked me if I was ok and I told them that I was going over to the bench and sit down. I don't remember any of that. Mary


mary carton
11/7/2011 5:56:48 PM

Thanks Cindy. It was just announced a few days ago that the Arc of the Shoals didn't make the top 3 which would get a grant. I appreciate everyone who tried to help. I din't pass out until we went a few blocks down the street. It was the weirdest feeling I've ever hard. I remember leaning up again a building so that I would slid down on the ground if I did pass out. The tour leader asked me if I was ok and I told them that I was going over to the bench and sit down. I don't remember any of that. Mary


cindy murphy
11/7/2011 7:13:38 AM

Dang, Mary! I love Halloween, ghostly tales and all, but I'm pretty sure if I felt that coldness and passed out, I would not have made a second attempt; there are some times in life (very few) in which I don't need to be told twice - something akin to an other-worldly voice saying "Get out!" is one of them. I hope your knees heals nicely so you can do the Christmas tours. And oh! - how'd the Arc of Shoals(?) do in the contest?


mary carton
11/5/2011 10:44:47 PM

Thanks Cindy. Florence just across the river has a walking tour led by one of the writers Debra Glass who has written a couple of books about the ghosts of the area. I had to do the tour twice. The first attempt I was sitting in her piano store listening about the former owner of the store Mr. Ryan who haunts the building, I felt a coldness go through me from back to front. A few blocks away I passed out. So I had to finish it later. Next we have a Dickens Christmas Ya'll which is new, sounds interesting. Belle Monte Mansion has a plantation Christmas with decorations and dances of the period. Another Christmas trolley tour of some of the homes in the area. Going to be a busy holiday season. Hope my knee gets over surgery quickly so I can go on all. Thanks for visiting and commenting.


cindy murphy
11/5/2011 9:24:39 AM

Happy Belated Halloween, Mary. The History and Haunts tour sounds like a bunch of fun! Our town did something similar for a number of years - a tour at night with a little bit of history of some of the "haunted" buildings and houses, and a whole lot of embellishment about their ghosts. You could do it as either a carriage ride, or walking tour; we always did the walking tour to get more up close and personal with the ghosts. It was one of those Halloween rituals, like carving pumpkins, that we did every year. Last year's was pretty corny in comparison to previous years, and this year they didn't do it. I kind of missed not going.





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