Ghost stories come alive each year to entertain and give you the shivers as the dead tell their tales at Grave Matters: The Stories Behind the Stones. On the last Saturday of October (which is this weekend), Franklin’s Rest Haven and City Cemeteries awaken the dead as costumed re-enactors give the history behind their lives and deaths. (Since both cemeteries are on the National Register of Historic Places, the souls who haunt the cemeteries come with some interesting, historic stories!)
The walking dead—historical figures buried at the historic graveyard—include Capt. Tod Carter, who tells of his untimely death during the Battle of Franklin. Young Carter was from Franklin and died at his home, The Carter House, with his family by his side.
Not all of the tales from the crypt come from the Civil War however. You’ll hear from Anarchy Cowles, a freed slave, and find out how Ewen Cameron, one of Franklin’s founders, died.
Grave Matters: The Stories Behind the Stones takes place Saturday, Oct. 25 from 7 – 9 p.m. Admission is $15 for ages 14 and older; $5 for children 7-13 years. Tickets are available for purchase here or at the Heritage Foundation office located at 134 Second Ave. A flashlight and flat, closed-toe shoes are recommended for this tour.
Can’t make this once-a-year event? Guided ghost tours, including a family-friendly tour and a “Murder and Mayhem on Mainstreet” tour, are available daily from Franklin on Foot. Click here for ticket information.