The Old Burying Ground in Greenfield will come alive with the stories of past village residents when the Greenfield Historical Society hosts its annual Ghost Walk at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.
The story of Robert and Sarah Douglas Adams will be told by Danny and Susan Long. Robert will share the story of his father, Halbert, who was killed in the Battle of Crooked Billet during the American Revolution. Mary will tell of her Douglas ancestors who were notable residents of Greenfield and Madison Township.
Kim McGuire-Haines will portray Hannah Tuthill. She will tell about her life, including her husband, who was a bricklayer in Greenfield.
Druscilla Blackburn had an interesting life. Her son was killed by a stray bullet from a Greenfield tavern and a year later Druscilla took part in the women’s march on the liquor establishments in town. Later, her husband was tried for the death of a young woman in Ross County. Druscilla’s granddaughter lived in the wilds of Minnesota and wrote about her experiences there. Druscilla will be portrayed by Teena Thornton.
Wes Haines will portray Levi Jennings, a potter in Greenfield. Jennings, as an older gentleman, had very unique opinions about signing a pledge against intemperance.
The story of Ezra Lucas and his family will be told by Terry Washburn. Lucas was a member of a long line of Lucases whose story starts in Massachusetts in the early 1600s. One of Ezra’s ancestors was on George Washington’s staff of during the American Revolution.
Harold Schmidt, historical society president, said the walk will cover a large part of the Old Burying Ground, located behind Travellers Rest along McArthur Way. He said that in addition to the ghosts, visitors will be able to see before and after photographs of the work of volunteers who recently cleaned old tombstones in the cemetery.
Cookies and punch will be served after the walk.
“Come enjoy the autumn weather and learn about some of the early residents of Greenfield,” Schmidt said.