The Johnston County Heritage Center's 9th Annual Historical Ghost Walk in Smithfield's Riverside Cemetery will feature six Johnstonians with interesting stories from various decades of local history.
This year's "ghosts" include:
- C.S. Powell, Confederate veteran and 19th Century sheriff - portrayed by present-day Sheriff Steve Bizzell
- Benjamin Williams, an early Governor of North Carolina - portrayed by Tom Howerton
- Nancy Coates, mother of Albert Coates, founder of the UNC Institute of Government - portrayed by Myra Wallace
- Sefton Stevens, World War II fighter pilot who perished in action - portrayed by Jonathan Gaskins
- Mr. and Mrs. Nixon Canaday, long-time African-American educators in the Clayton community - portrayed by Edward and Pearl Blackmon
- Lunette Barber, conservationist and wildlife educator - portrayed by Judy Daniels
The Ghost Walk begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2013 near the corner of South Second and Church streets in Smithfield. Small groups are led, first-come first-served, through the cemetery where they'll meet the "ghosts" and hear their stories. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students in grades K-12 (preschool children are free of charge). No tickets are sold in advance.
Refreshments will be served in the historic Hastings House at the conclusion of each group's tour, compliments of the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation.