By Christina Crawford
Eastern students can celebrate Halloween with the ghosts and spirits of White Hall State Historic Site at its 18th Annual “Ghost Walk” on Thursday, Oct. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 31.The Ghost Walk includes a tour of the 10,000 sq. ft home once owned by the Cassius Clay family and a reenactment of historic events.
White Hall is allegedly haunted. Sightings of a woman, little boy, young man and a baby have been reported.
Lashe Mullins, curator at White Hall, said although she has never seen the ghosts, she and others have experienced things that can’t be explained, like babies crying and the smell of perfume.
“When people ask me if White Hall is haunted, I say that sometimes it is,” Mullins said.
White Hall was the home of Cassius Clay, a prominent anti-slavery crusader in the 1800s, known as an emancipationist, newspaper publisher, minister to Russia and friend to Abraham Lincoln.
This year about 30 Eastern theatre students will help reenact stories of the Clay family in costumes from the 1830s and 1860s. Student “Spirit Guides” lead guests through three floors of the house, the basement and the grounds of the property, while introducing spirits of the past.
The students will take on the roles of Clay, wives, children and President Abraham Lincoln, said Jeffrey Boord-Dill, assistant professor of theatre and Ghost Walk coordinator.
Boord-Dill said scenes include part of a marriage and a fight at Foxtown. Scenes and dialog are put together using memoirs, newspaper articles, letters gathered from Clay family members and library documents.
Boord-Dill said he has been a part of Ghost Walk since the mid-1990s and feels he really knows the people the Clay family now.
“Bringing the history to life through recreating scenes is a neat experience,” Boord-Dill said.
One-hour tours start at 7 p.m., run in 15-minute intervals and end at 10:30 p.m. Each tour is limited to 20 persons and reservations are required with an advance credit card payment of $10 per person.
To make a reservation or for more information, contact White Hall State Historic Site at 859-623-9178 or e-mail www.Whitehall@ky.gov.