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Legends abound in history cemetery
Daffani Eller, dressed in colonial attire, told the story of Midway’s “Romeo and Juliet” during Saturday’s Midway Tales and Legend Tour. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

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A blanket of fog gave way to a light drizzle, but, eventually, the sun broke through as visitors lined up to check out the historic Midway Cemetery during the fourth annual Tales and Legends Tour on Saturday evening.
Midway Museum Curator Dianne Behrens greeted people eager to learn about the original settlers of the area, which was first known as Dorchester.
“It was later named Midway because it was midway between the port cities of Savannah and Darien,” Behrens told the group. “A long time ago, there was an artesian well right where Highway 17 is now and folks would stop here at the midpoint to gather water.”
Along with a history lesson, the group was treated to a few spooky stories, including tales about the crack in the Midway Cemetery wall, the story of Chloe’, a slave who allegedly murdered three wives of her owner, Master Williams, and a love story with a tragic ending. Tour guides spoke about the spirits who supposedly still linger inside the brick walls and are sometimes seen at night by passersby.
Visitors learned about frizzled chickens and the three Midway plantations that once belonged to The Rev. Charles Colcock Jones. The story of Jones and his family was made famous by the book “Children of the Pride,” written by Robert Manson Myers. After the Civil War, Jones’ family moved to Louisiana, but the family’s collection of writings and family articles have been donated back to the museum.
The museum board is working to renovate and upgrade areas of the museum to house the Jones exhibit.
They are also gearing up for the museum’s 50th anniversary with a weeklong event in December coinciding with the annual Christmas Tea.
For more information on the Midway Museum, go to or call 884-5837.
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