Hear the stories of six of Johnston County's most interesting former residents at the Johnston County Heritage Center's 18th Annual Historic Ghost Walk!

Six extraordinary personalities from Johnston County’s past will be brought back to life as the Johnston County Heritage Center stages its 18th annual Historical Ghost Walk in Smithfield’s historic Riverside Cemetery on Thursday, October 27.

The event begins at 6:00 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:

  • John O'Neal, Colonial Pioneer Settler who led an unsuccessful resurrection

  • Phereby Thomson, Wife of two of Smithfield's most promienent men of the early 19th century

  • William A. Smith, Planter-Politician who was a pro-Union leader during the Civil War

  • Martin Luther Wilson, Longtime Principal of Richard B. Harrison High School in Selma

  • Elreta Melton Alexander, Smithfield native who became North Carolina's firstAfrican-American female attorney and judge

  • William Ragsdale, Civil engineer whose discovery of unusual flora and fauna in northern Johnston County resulted in the Flower Hill Nature Preserve


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.