Five extraordinary personalities from Johnston County’s past will be brought back to life as the Johnston County Heritage Center stages its annual Ghost Walk in Smithfield’s historic Riverside Cemetery on Thursday, October 24.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. beside St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Second and Church Streets. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students (grades K-12), with free admission for children under 6. There will be no advance ticket sales, and guided tours will be conducted every five minutes or so on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year’s “ghosts” include:

  • Sarah Stallings,a founder of Clayton, portrayed by Representative Donna M. Whie
  • Polly Alford, a 19th century Smithfield restauranteur, portraide by Sequilla Arita
  • Robert F. Smith, a pioneer Benson businessman and pioneer bicyclist, portrayed by Matt Dean
  • Ensign Edwin S. Pou, a World War I flying ace, portrayed by Bennett Chapman
  • Lt. Hardy Donnell Narron, a World War II bomber pilot, portrayed by Dylan Atwood

For more information, call the Heritage Center at 919-934-2836 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.
Smithfield is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center.  The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is charged with administering the program at the local level and building a public-private partnership to spur economic development in partnership with the state agency. 
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