Spent a chilly evening last night at The Tour of Southern Ghosts at Stone Mountain Park. The Tour is held in the historic antebellum plantation buildings that reside at the foot of the front of the mountain, and boy, howdy, on a chilly October night, with a cup of hot apple cider in your hand, it is a splendid way to spend an evening. The locations in the plantation vary from year to year; one year you might visit the cook house, the slave cabins, the garden and the smokehouse. Another year’s tour might take you inside the main house,or outside at the foot of its grand double porch staircase. But at each location along the tour, a storyteller will weave a tale of mystery, tragedy,adventure or comedy that somehow always involves a brush with the spirit world. The storytellers dress in antebellum-period clothing, and all work in conjunction with The Art Station in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The Tour of Southern Ghosts is a fundraiser for The Art Station, and at the end of the tour is a small gift shop set up in an old schoolhouse,where one can purchase homemade Halloween crafts, books of southern ghost stories, and baked goods that further benefit this non-profit organization.
But back to the tour. One storyteller I look forward to hearing and seeing every year is David Hirt,whom I discovered is a puppet builder himself–he crafts marionettes!
Here is David in action: