Participants who stroll the Midway Cemetery on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. as part of the Tales and Legends guided walking tour are in store for some chilling stories. They’ll hear about a slave buried under a mysteriously cracked wall and tree roots that appear as if they’re trying to exhume the remains of a young doctor who committed suicide.
Perhaps the scariest part is that it’s all true, according to Dianne Behrens, Midway Museum assistant curator.
“Nothing that we say is made-up,” Brehens said. “We do tell tales that we have heard and people have seen and told us about things they’ve seen.”
She said the tour is not directly related Halloween.
“We’re not trying to ghost-hunt but we’re just trying to show people what we have here and get people to come in,” Behrens said.
During the hour-long tour, a team of three or four costumed guides will show tourists specific grave sites while acting out or telling the stories behind them.
“We want people to learn their history that live here,” Behrens said. “I just think that the people around here don’t realize how much history is seeped in here.”
The oldest grave is from 1754.
The tallest monument is in the center of the cemetery, dedicated to Daniel Stewart and James Screven, Gen. Stewart and Gen. Screven Way namesakes.
The tour started about four years ago and Behrens really wants it to be an educational experience.
“We want to teach them what a sacred cemetery that is,” she said. “There’s a lot of important people that are buried there.”
The Midway cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“Yes, there is history in Savannah, but there’s a lot right here,” Behrens said.
The evening should be a lot of fun, according to Behrens, and children are welcome to come and wear costumes.
An apple cider reception usually takes place before or after the tour.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Midway Museum. For more information, call 884-5837.