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Tour explores area's legends, mysteries
Midway Tales and Legends tour Saturday
The monument in the middle of Midway Cemetery honors Revolutionary War heroes Daniel Stewart and James Screven. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
Tour the mysterious and the historic at the annual Midway Tales and Legends walking tour Saturday.
The tour begins at 5 p.m., but Midway Museum Curator Dianne Behrens said folks should arrive early for some cider.
After a quick meet and greet, participants will be guided across the street to the cemetery where they will hear stories ranging from romantic to the macabre.
Learn about the murderess Chloe, the legend of the ghost that keeps cracking the wall and Midway’s very own version of Romeo and Juliet.
During the hour-long tour, a team of three or four costumed guides will show tourists grave sites while acting out or telling the stories behind them.
For Behrens and her family — her daughter and granddaughter will help — it’s a way for them to pass on historical information about Midway and the famous and infamous people who lived there.
“This place is rich in history,” she said. “There are just so many stories to tell.”
The Midway cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the oldest grave is from 1754. The tall monument in the center is dedicated to Revolutionary War heroes Daniel Stewart and James Screven.
Behrens said unlike the ghost tours in Savannah, the Midway tales are based on research and documents they have at the museum.
The tour begins events marking the museum’s 50th anniversary.
On Nov. 14, the museum will offer a silent auction and music festival.
Behrens’ daughter, Daffani Eller, a singer and songwriter, will headline the performance.
“She is working hard and organizing other musicians, Behrens said. “The money raised will go toward museum expenses and renovations.”
Also the Midway Art Gallery, adjacent to the museum, will have an art show coinciding with the festival.
The museum is restoring its ground floor and raising funds to get ready for an exhibit of articles and artifacts from the Rev. Charles Colcock Jones.
Jones, called “the apostle to the blacks,” had three plantations in Liberty County and Midway.
Behrens said they were hoping to open the exhibit during the 50th anniversary, but must complete the work to display the fragile documents and items.
“Some things have to have humidity control and added measures to protect them,” she said.
The anniversary itself will be a week-long event featuring the annual Christmas Tea at the Midway Museum.
“We’ll feature homemade cookies, coffee and tea around the fire in the old kitchen,” she said.
Tickets for the Tales and Legends Tour are $5. For more information, call 884-5837.
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