2017-10-19 / News

‘Resthaven Revisited’ will live again as new version is set for October 21


Ghosts of Washington’s past will tell their stories when adventurous souls visit Resthaven Cemetery on October 21. Ghosts of Washington’s past will tell their stories when adventurous souls visit Resthaven Cemetery on October 21. The next edition of Resthaven Revisited is scheduled for this Saturday, October 21, from 6-9 p.m. with something for everyone including history buffs, cemetery lovers, and those who like things just a little bit creepy.

Among the souls who are expected to materialize is Commander Thomas T. Hunter who joined the U.S. Navy in 1828 and later the Confederate Navy in 1861. Visitors will hear some of Commander Hunter’s experiences through a lengthy time on the sea and his connection to the now famous Hunley.

Miss Eliza Bowen, born in 1828, will be telling some of the more tantalizing, little known facts of “Old Washington.”

“Enjoy your night out with the famous and not so famous spirits of Washington-Wilkes past,” invited director Stephanie Macchia.

“Mrs. Mary Isabella Weems Virgin. Have you ever heard of her?” Macchia asked. “I bet not. Come hear what part in Washington’s past she played.”

There will be a whole lot more as well, the director promised, more stories, more tragedies, more of Washington and Wilkes County’s fabulous history.

“And, of course there is always a chance that the most infamous character of all will make a showing,” she continued. “You’ll have to come to Resthaven Revisited to find out.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. There will be shuttle service from the Welcome Center on The Square to the cemetery. There will be no parking at the drama site. “Come early and get your tickets and stroll around our downtown square and enjoy our local restaurants,” Macchia suggested.

The live benefit cemetery drama is presented by The Washington-­Wilkes Historical Foundation. Your attendance helps support the repair, stabilization, and restoration of gravesites at the City of Washington Resthaven Cemetery.

For more information call 877- 221-7689.

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