Historic Ghost Walk in Elizabeth City | Events
(Elizabeth City, N.C., Sept. 26, 2012) – Real-life accounts of the people who lived through an Antebellum period in Elizabeth City history known as “the terrible time” will be the focus of the 16th Annual Historic Ghost Walk, Oct. 12-13 in Elizabeth City, N.C.
Marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Elizabeth City (Feb. 10, 1862), this year’s event will transport visitors to scenes surrounding a pivotal North Carolina Civil War engagement during which Confederate Commodore William F. Lynch’s “Mosquito Fleet” fell to Union Commander Stephen C. Rowan. Rowan’s troops occupied Elizabeth City, and for the remainder of the war, North Carolina’s coastal rivers remained in Union hands.
“We will convey the Battle of Elizabeth City from different people’s views,” said Marjorie Berry, a local historian and scriptwriter for Ghost Walk. “Each character represents a piece of a puzzle that, when complete, paints a picture of what life was like at that time.”
Part history lesson, home tour and lively community theatre, Ghost Walk is presented by the Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association and performed by local actors. There are eight sites featured in this year’s tour. Among the highlights will be:
· The Bland House (501 W. Main Street), where Ghost Walk patrons will hear from Union Gen. Edward Wild, whose troops occupied Elizabeth City for seven days—a period that was recorded as “the worst week in Elizabeth City history.” In fact, Wild was referred to as the “devil himself” by those who lived to tell it.
· The Foreman House B&B (311 W. Church Street), featuring George Decatur Pool, a prominent local planter, who will detail what life was really like during the federal occupation.
· The Museum of the Albemarle (501 S. Water Street), where local singers who make up the Cornerstone Choir will perform a collection of Negro spirituals.
· The Culpepper Inn (609 W. Main Street), the stage for comic relief as actors portraying Harlot O’Hara, Rat Butler and Priss Pot will present “Back with the Breeze,” a spoof of Gone with the Wind.
The Center at Arts of the Albemarle, at 516 E. Main Street, is the headquarters for the tours, which run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free transportation is provided to and from the Ghost Walk sites. Tickets, good for both nights, are $12, or $10 with a military ID, and are available at The Center, Muddy Waters, and Page After Page. In addition, a fried chicken and barbeque dinner will be served from 5-8 p.m. both nights at PNC Bank for $8. Ghost Walk ticket sales benefit Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association programs. Visit www.HistoricGhostWalk.org for details or call 1-888-936-7387.
To further explore Civil War history in Elizabeth City, visit the Museum of the Albemarle’s exhibition Under Both Flags: Civil War in the Albemarle, and take the self-guided Civil War Trails in Elizabeth City tour. Download a free tour brochure at www.DiscoverElizabethCity.com.