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

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


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.

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Taken from the View Mount Mitchell Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Melissa Bartlett Owens‎ via Facebook.

Taken from the View Mount Mitchell Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Melissa Bartlett Owens‎ via Facebook.

October morning in the North Georgia Mountains. Photo by @RickAndersonOBX via Twitter.

October morning in the North Georgia Mountains. Photo by @RickAndersonOBX via Twitter.

Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway. Photo by Clara Williams via Flickr.

Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway. Photo by Clara Williams via Flickr.


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.

Go Retro in Savannah, Georgia

Built in 1938, the Streamliner Diner was moved to Savannah in 1990. The Art Deco Societies of America honored SCAD for its restoration. Courtesy Photo © Adam Kuehl. | Link is

Built in 1938, the Streamliner Diner was moved to Savannah in 1990. The Art Deco Societies of America honored SCAD for its restoration. Courtesy Photo © Adam Kuehl. | Link is

Doing Beats Seeing When You Go Retro in Savannah, Georgia USA –A chat with Mark Thomas, The Thunderbird Inn, Savannah, Georgia

Against its background of staid and important history, Savannah, Georgia also offers a fun, relevant and appealing retro layer, showcasing some of the fun remembered from the mid-century. Best part? This is action-oriented fun, better done than seen.
“Retro is full of vitality rather than passive here,” informs retro travel champion Mark Thomas, general manager of The Thunderbird Inn. “”We’ve got history but we’ve also got neon!”

Start with the stars! You’ll find them under a neon marquee and beneath crisscrossing searchlights in the sky. Presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, the Savannah Film Festival (October 25 – November 1, 2014) is on Broughton Street in SCAD’s Trustees Theatre, right next door to the nostalgic Leopold’s Ice Cream. Honored guests for the 2014 festival include Gena Rowlands, Renee Zellweger, Matt Bomer, Asa Butterfield, and Analeigh Tipton.

Need a beard or mustache trim, or razor cut? Barber Pole on Bull Street near Wright Square holds true to its retro ways. Courtesy Photo © Adam Kuehl. | Link is

Need a beard or mustache trim, or razor cut? Barber Pole on Bull Street near Wright Square holds true to its retro ways. Courtesy Photo © Adam Kuehl. | Link is

Retro tastes good, too! Take your seat in Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room next to whomever Fate sends your way and chow down on the classic Southern cooking that kept farm hands working in the Depression. Save room for a sundae with freshly made chocolate fudge at Leopold’s Ice Cream, which boasts a circa-1920s pedigree. When asked for his retro breakfast recommendation, quickly Mark names Clary’s Café, renowned for plate-size buttermilk pancakes, thick southern ham slices, and made-to-order omelets. You may remember it from the book and movie, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” but it predates that fame by decades.

What about lunch? Mark favors the Crystal Beer Parlor where nostalgic Savannah photographs line the walls and titillating tales of the Prohibition-era Speakeasy swirl. As famous for its fried chicken as its barbecue, Johnny Harris Restaurant is where Capitol Records’ co-founder and “Hooray for Hollywood” lyricist Johnny Mercer liked to dine when he was at home in Savannah. Located on Victory Drive near Grayson Stadium, diners can eat-in-the-kitchen or dine in the ballroom ‘under the stars’ (in the ceiling). Grayson Stadium is where the New York Met’s minor league affiliate Savannah Sand Gnats play baseball April through early September. And, the grand ole stadium where President Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke November 18, 1933, when he and his mother came to celebrate Georgia’s 150th year celebration.

Take in a performance in a place where you really ache for the walls to talk – be it the lively musical productions in the historic Savannah Theatre or a performance of the Savannah Philharmonic in the Lucas Theatre’s carefully restored Jazz Age glory.
Mark adds, “Have you met the Forrest Gump impersonator featured by Old Savannah Tours, or the dapper tour guide, Savannah Dan, who wears a seersucker suit, walking through the streets and squares of the National Landmark Historic District telling his stories? People are in search of human contact, don’t you think?”

Back in the Day Bakery. Photo by @wittyclevername via Instagram

Back in the Day Bakery. Photo by @wittyclevername via Instagram

More don’t-miss spots opened with a vintage spirit — The Distillery (showing silent movies), Green Truck Pub (featuring grass-fed beef and organic, homemade condiments), and Back in the Day Bakery, THE place for 1950s décor, artisan breads, banana pudding and brownie desserts. The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl Day and Griffith Day boasts weeks on the New York Times best seller’s list.

The Thunderbird Inn – located in the ‘Canal District’ and known as the “hippest hotel in Savannah”™ — is getting some new, hip neighbors. They include Chatham Area Transit’s (CAT) free downtown shuttle and Greyhound Bus station – both in the newly renovated CAT hub. “International travelers adore bus travel, train travel, and cycling – those things Americans consider retro. The Savannah bike share rental program and Amtrak travel are gaining in popularity. Like running, cycling is also abuzz, thanks in part to Savannah’s flat terrain and village-like setting downtown. Over the last few years the Georgia Railroad Museum has also enjoyed new interest, much like SCAD’s restored Streamliner Diner (West Henry Street),” said Mark.

Can things get any better?

“Oh, yes!” Mark adds. “Wonderfully surprising, Savannah’s retro experiences are very affordable! Plus, the mischievous-little-beach-town vibe of Tybee Island is due east, 20 minutes from downtown.”

The hip Thunderbird Inn champions retro in Savannah, Georgia USA. Courtesy Photo © The Thunderbird Inn / Michael Edde, Beacon Photography

The hip Thunderbird Inn champions retro in Savannah, Georgia USA. Courtesy Photo © The Thunderbird Inn / Michael Edde, Beacon Photography

General Manager of The Thunderbird Inn was voted among Savannah’s 40 Under 40 young professionals, a graduate of Leadership Savannah and recently beamed when acknowledging that The Thunderbird Inn — @TbirdInn on Twitter — was named to USA Today’s “Top 10 Best Retro Hotels in the USA” (July 2014). “What perfect timing for this inn’s 50th birthday year – 1964-2014!” Mark adds.

“Groovy geeksarrive for GeekEnd (November 13-15, 2014) annually, SCAD students, parents, Baby Boomers, artists and the pop culture crowd adore this place. They boast about our southern MoonPie® and RC Cola ® among in-room treats, hot popcorn on arrival, and freshly delivered Krispy Kreme® doughnuts in the morning” and the big neon sign that sports groovy messages. “The intersection of Yes, Ma’am and Dude” and “Run, Forrest Run” are among the ones we receive the most comments and grins.”

Recommended by Southern Living and Every Day with Rachael Ray magazines, the Thunderbird Inn was built and opened in the Swingin’ Sixites (circa 1964). “Sure, it’s changed. Like retro, this place is in vogue again. Plus, we are going green, and we’re uber dog friendly,” the preppy manager explains.

In 2014 the retro inn’s 50th birthday celebration joins more famous milestone celebrations – the first USA performance by The Beatles, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passing (73-27 vote), and the first Ford Mustang was produced ($2,368 base price).

It’s too close to Halloween to bypass telling you that ‘Bewitched’, ‘Munsters’, and ‘The Addams Family’ premiered on TV in 1964, too.

It’s late now. “Say goodnight, Gracie,” George Burns would say. More retro stories tomorrow. “Goodnight.”

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!