6 Historic Homes That Really Know How to Deck the Halls

‘Tis the season to deck the halls of Georgia’s historic homes! Stop by these stunning homes for a healthy dose of holiday cheer.

Photo Credit: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Photo Credit: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta: Tour the 27,000 square-foot historic mansion elaborately decorated with professional holiday displays, expansive artist market, and themed events for all ages. Kids will love the LEGOLAND building room, the Coca-Cola Exhibit Room featuring Haddon Sundblom’s classic Santa paintings and the Teddy Bear Room, courtesy of Build-A-Bear.

Photo Credit: Old Governors Mansion

Photo Credit: Old Governors Mansion

Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville: Celebrate a true antebellum Christmas at one of the finest examples of High Greek Revival architecture in the nation. One-hour tours are offered Tuesday-Sunday, and special candlelight tours will take place on Dec. 6, 13 and 18 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Chief Vann Historic Site in Chatsworth: In 1805, Cherokee Chief James Vann opened his new brick mansion to the Moravian missionaries to hold one of the first Christmas celebrations in the Cherokee Nation. To honor this tradition, visitors are invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of a 19th century Christmas in one of America’s best-preserved Cherokee Indian homes. Click here for event details.

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The Hay House in Macon: Visit three levels of this National Historic Landmark and marvel at elegantly decorated trees, mantles, stairwells, and children’s room. Christmas at Hay House and all of the decorations can be seen with the purchase of a regular house tour ticket.

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The Swan House in Atlanta: Create a 1930s holiday ornament, help decorate Sam and Mimi Inman’s Christmas tree and encounter 1930’s characters during Candlelight Nights at The Swan House. Click here for event details and tickets.

Photo Credit: DebM07 via Flickr

Photo Credit: DebM07 via Flickr

Rhodes Hall in Atlanta: “The castle on Peachtree Street” will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring holiday entertainment, delicious refreshments from area caterers, music, art activities and, best of all, personal appointments with Santa. Click here to learn more:

Ghost Sightings in Dahlonega, Georgia

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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.

Dahlonega Ghost Walk – Historic Hauntings Tour

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Adults $15, Children $5

http://www.dahlonegawalkingtours.com

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.

Haunted Dahlonega: Spirits, Legends & Lore

Conducted by the Friends of the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site

Saturdays at 7 p.m.

November 1

$10 tickets available at the Dahlonega Gold Museum to benefit the Historic Site

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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.

How Fernbank Museum Does Halloween

Blog Photo 2Fernbank is changing Museum to BOO-seum! This Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. get ready to trick-or-treat, do the monster mash with DJ Mikey, win the monster toss and brave the spider swamp at Fernbank’s annual Halloween bash! Halloween isn’t complete without lots of candy and treats, and you can even watch the Georgia Bubbleman’s “tricks” with giant bubble fun! Costumes are encouraged and fun is inevitable, so practice your witchy cackle and get ready to dance your socks off!

Blog Photo 6A little too old for trick-or-treating? Never fear, Martinis & IMAX will celebrate Fright Night on October 31 from 7 p.m. -11 p.m.! Try our devilishly-delicious specialty cocktails and dance the night away with live music from Bogey and the Viceroy. Make sure to come dressed in your Halloween-best in order to walk away as the winner of our costume contest! Need a break from the scary good time? Never fear, we’ll also be serving up two killer IMAX® films: Pandas: The Journey Home and Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland. Guests will also get a special night time viewing of Fernbank’s new special exhibition Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear.

 

Admission to Fernbank BOO-seum and Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear is free with Museum admission. Museum ticket prices are $18 for adults, $17 for students/seniors, $16 for children ages 3-12 and free for children ages two and under.  Fernbank members receive free Museum admission.

Tickets for Martinis & IMAX Fright Night, start at $8 for cover charge. Fernbank members do not have to pay a cover charge. Additional ticket options available online.

These Georgia Ghost Tours Will Give You Chills

Lawrenceville Ghost Tours. Photo by Sara Hanna Photography.

Lawrenceville Ghost Tours. Photo by Sara Hanna Photography.

Whether your interest is in the paranormal, history or you’re just looking for an evening of entertainment – these Georgia ghosts tours are sure to get you into the spooky spirit!

Northeast Georgia

Northwest Georgia

  • Dalton Ghost Tours: This 90-minute walking exploration of the city’s legendary past and haunted present starts and ends at the wooden deck directly across from the Wink Theatre in historic downtown Dalton.
  • Haunted Euharlee Ghost Walk: Costumed performers will share tales of the city’s former residents on this family-friendly walking tour. Happening October 25th only.
  • Canton Ghost Tour: Hear ghostly tales of Canton and Cherokee County on a 90-minute or 2 hour tour.

Metro Atlanta

  • Lawrenceville Ghost Tours: In the mood for a scare? Not being startled, but a chill down your spine to the core-scare? Take the Lawrenceville, GA Ghost Tour. Real Stories, Real spooky places. Every Night in October.
  • HOWLphoretta Ghost Tours: Experience some of historic downtown Alpharetta’s extensive history through this narrated walking tour.
  • Roswell Ghost Tours: Led by paranormal investigators, this walking tour explores current paranormal phenomena that is routinely experienced by residents, business owners, and tour attendees!
  • Ghosts of MariettaGhosts of Marietta:  Take a lantern-led walk through the historic streets of Marietta and discover spookier side of this enchanting southern city.
  • Decatur Ghost Tour:  Discover Decatur’s spirit community with tales of murder, passion, vice, war and tragedy.

Middle Georgia

  • Spirits in October Tours: Take a one-hour guided walking tour through Historic Riverside Cemetery and meet costumed actors portraying historic figures who played a large role in Macon’s history.
  • Haunted Trolley Tours: Experience the darker side of Milledgeville on this trolley tour.  Family-friendly and adults-only tours are available.

South Georgia

Coastal Georgia

  • Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation: Hear the stories of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked at Hofwyl-Broadfield, as well as tales of recent ghost sightings.
  • Historic Midway Cemetery Tour: Tales of ghostly spirits and haunted graves are presented by costumed interpreters in the historic coastal cemetery. Happening October 25th only.
  • Savannah Ghost Show Tours: Blending local folklore, 300 years of history, and magical illusions, this tour promises to amaze, send chills up and down your spine and send you into fits of laughter.
  • St. Simons Island Ghost Tour: Join master storyteller and actor Harry Paisley for ghostly tales of St. Simons.
  • Savannah Scary Ghost Tour: This 90-minute riding Ghost Tour includes clips from Ghost Hunters and Scariest Places on Earth playing aboard the bus.
  • Ghosts and Gravestones: Take a trolley tour through Savannah’s most haunted places. This tour includes exclusive entry into the Perkins and Sons Chandlery.
  • Blue Orb Ghost Tours:  Blue Orb offers a City of the Dead Tour and its flagship uncensored 18 and older only Zombie Tour led by Founder, Tobias McGriff.
  • St. Simons Ghost Encounter:  Meet at the Pier in the St. Simons Village for a fun and informative 2 hour walking tour of the “spirited” side of St. Simons!

Spooky (and Not-So-Spooky) Halloween Events in Georgia

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If you’re looking to celebrate Halloween in a big way, Georgia’s cities and towns have lots to offer. Whether you’re on the hunt for a haunted trail or a kid-friendly Halloween party, the Peach State will provide!

October 17 – 25, 2014: Halloween Hayrides at Red Top Mountain State Park in Acworth

October 17 – 24, 2014: Halloween Hikes at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell

October 23, 2014: Mother – Son Halloween Dance in Gainesville

October 24, 2014: Bremen Downtown Trick-Or-Treat

October 24, 2014: Scarecrow Stoll & Beggars Night in Hinesville

October 24 – 25, 2014: Howl-O-Ween Spook-tacular at Little Ocmulgee State Park in Helena

October 24 – 25, 2014: Spooky Mill in Johns Creek

October 24 – November 1, 2014: Haunted Hills Hayride at Victoria Bryant State Park in Royston

October 25, 2014: Not-So-Spooky Halloween Fest at The Rock Ranch in The Rock

October 25, 2014: Suwanee Trek or Treat

October 25, 2014: Statesboro’s Scare on the Square

October 25, 2014: Rutledge’s Spooky Fall Festival

October 25, 2014: Octoberfest at Florence Marina State Park in Omaha

October 25, 2014: Under the Autumn Moon Masquerade Ball at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville

October 25, 2014: Halloween Moonlight Madness at General Coffee State Park in Nicholls

October 25 – 26, 2014: Boo at the Zoo in Cleveland

October 26, 2014: Fall-O-Ween Family Fun Day at Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah

October 26, 2014: Halloween Half Marathon in Cumming

October 30, 2014: Great Pumpkin Caper in Buchanan

October 30, 2014: Hometown Harvest in Douglas

October 30, 2014: Young Professionals Vaude-Villains and Vixens in Columbus

October 30 – November 1, 2014: Fall Harvest Days at Historic Westville

October 31, 2014: Scarecrow Bash & Monster Mash in Hartwell

October 31, 2014: Munchkin Masquerade in Newnan

October 31, 2014: Jefferson Halloween Walk

October 31, 2014: Downtown Trick-Or-Treat in McDonough

October 31, 2014: Wild Rumpus Halloween Parade and Spectacle in Athens

October 31, 2014: River Street Crawl-O-Ween in Savannah

October 31, 2014: KidsFest in Woodstock

October 31, 2014: Fright Fest at Stephen C. Foster State Park in Fargo

October 31, 2014: Truck or Treat at Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls

October 31, 2014: Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain in Atlanta

October 31, 2014: Scooby-Doo Mystery Hayride and Games at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge in Dawsonville

October 31, 2014: Trick or Treat Downtown Cedartown

October 31, 2014: Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge

October 31, 2014: Festival of Treats in Rockmart

October 31, 2014: The Downtown Spooktacular in Winder

October 31, 2014: All Hallows Eve/Autumn Nights at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder

Through October 31, 2014: Scarecrow Trail at North Georgia Farm & Zoo in Cleveland

Through November 1, 2014: Pine Mountain Gold Mine Ghost Train in Villa Rica

Through November 1, 2014: Haunted Halloween Trail in Winterville

Through November 1, 2014: Zombie Farms Halloween Trail in Winterville

Through November 1, 2014: Nevermore Haunted Trail at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins