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Ghost Hunters Will Encounter Civil War Re-enactors Sept. 18-20 As Octagon Hall Marks 150 Years
Franklin, Ky. -- Octagon Hall, an eight-sided brick antebellum home in Franklin, Ky., is observing the 150th anniversary of its completion. A three-day celebration Sept. 18, 19, and 20 will feature Civil War re-enactors
By: Tommy Golden
CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTORS SEPT. 18-20
AS OCTAGON HALL MARKS 150 YEARS
Franklin, Ky. -- Octagon Hall, an eight-sided brick antebellum home in Franklin, Ky., is observing the 150th anniversary of its completion. A three-day celebration Sept. 18, 19, and 20 will feature Civil War re-enactors and historians alongside paranormal investigators and ghost hunters.
The Octagon Hall Museum, located five miles north of Franklin on US Highway 31W, has three floors of Civil War era exhibits, but since opening its doors to the public, the imposing structure has become almost as well known for the paranormal experiences and unexplained occurrences that have been recorded there. A televised documentary and a recent book have explored the mysteries. The grounds have also been used more than once as a movie set.
Daytime activities during the third weekend in September at Octagon Hall will include guest speakers, re-enactors, living history demonstrations, live cannon fire, musical entertainment, plus a variety of contests and raffles.
During the nighttime on Friday and Saturday, Octagon Hall will be open for paranormal investigations led by the Clarksville Ghost Hunters. Tickets are $50 each. Proceeds will be used for restoration work at the historic site.
For more information about admission packages, food and vendors, camping fees, speakers and schedules, log on to www.octagonhall.com or telephone 270-392-1031. Information is also available at www.franklinky.com.
To reach Octagon Hall, take Kentucky exit 2 off Interstate 65 and travel north on 31W. Directional signs are posted. Franklin is 35 miles north of Nashville, Tenn. and 20 miles south of Bowling Green, Ky.
After more than a decade of construction by slave labor, the Caldwell family moved into Octagon Hall in 1859. During the early days of the War Between the States, both Union and Confederate troops camped at the site. Later in the conflict, Octagon Hall was a look-out point for the movement of war materiel by road and by rail.
Guest speakers at the Octagon Hall commemoration will include Bryan Bush, Dr. Ron Hatcher, Dr. Michael Trapasso, Paul Browning, Keith Age, Chris Dedman and Rhiannon Waits. Paul Browning has written a book entitled Hauntings at Octagon Hall.
Entrance fees are $10 on Friday and Sunday; $20 on Saturday. Meal and souvenir packages are available. The dry camping fee is $20 for the weekend.
Contests at the outdoor event will include horseshoes, cornhole, ax throwing, and numerous raffles.
Musical entertainment will be by Nancy Logsdon & The Murdy Standard from their CD Singing the Stories of Old, and by Red River Breeze performing Celtic, Renaissance, and Early American folk music.
Day events are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. Paranormal investigations start at 9 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. both Friday and Saturday nights.
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