She’s a ghostly little girl who died at age eight from consumption in 1884. When she’s seen, Betsy wears a long white dress, mostly playing in the Dahlonega Public Square, where she peeps out of windows in the upper floors of the historic building that houses Paul Thomas Chocolates and Giggle Monkey Toys. When the chocolate shop relocated there, many employees quit, especially the ones working late, who were creeped out over the feeling that someone was watching them. She’s apparently fond of chocolate. One morning two canisters were completely empty, with no bits remaining as there would have been if animals had torn into them. She’s also fond of the song, “You Are My Sunshine,” for many people have heard their cellphones or other electronic devices playing the tune – over and over – until they were unplugged or the batteries were removed.
For skeptics, here’s a fact about that ghostly little girl: A visitor to The Crimson Moon Café once left their young daughter in an upstairs room for a few minutes, only to come back and find her playing hide and seek. “With whom?” asked the parent. “Don’t you see that little girl in the white dress over there?” answered the daughter.
Dahlonega, Georgia has a very haunted history, thanks to its gold-mining, Civil War and Trail of Tears past, as well as its geology. Two new tours give guests the tingly details. Sightings of Civil War soldiers playing cards in Mount Hope Cemetery, ghosts who rattle dishes and pans in restaurants on the Public Square, chairs and chess pieces being moved when no one was there…the stories go on and on and are corroborated by town residents.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Adults $15, Children $5
Tour guide and founder Jeremy Sharp has studied Dahlonega’s history and worked with paranormal researchers using thermal cameras and other equipment to document some sightings. Tour is approximately 1.3 miles long. Tours, all on paved, designated walkways, with the exception of Mount Hope Cemetery, end in front of the Visitors Center, 13 South Park Street.
Conducted by the Friends of the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site
Saturdays at 7 p.m.
$10 tickets available at the Dahlonega Gold Museum to benefit the Historic Site
The not-for-profit Friends of the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, conducts fun, interactive tours suitable for adults and children. The narrative was written by local author Trisha Slay, who explains why Dahlonega is such a hotbed of activity, includes Cherokee folktales, and explores local mysteries and hauntings. Proceeds assist in keeping The Gold Museum open seven days a week.