The first day of fall is just a couple of weeks away. Wilderness Road State park in Ewing, Virginia is celebrating with a Candlelight Ghost Tour, the Heritage Festival and Pumpkins in the Park.
Actors dressed as ghouls and goblins will lead ticket holders on a tour of the Karlan Mansion, which was built in the late 1800’s. Many of the rooms contain the same heirloom pieces which the Ely family used in their everyday lives more than 135 years ago.
Attendees will be told stories of the Cherokee Indians while walking the same trails that were once trekked by Daniel Boone and his men.
“I thought the ghost tour would be a great way to introduce park guests to the various eras of history that surround the park, allow them to tour the mansion all with a spooky spin, so to speak,” said Mike Brindle, WRSP Concession manager.
After the tour, guests are served dinner by volunteers with Friends of WRSP. This is the third year for the tour, scheduled for Sept. 18, 19, 25 and 26. Tickets are sold out for all 4 nights of the event, however WRSP is planning another Mystery Tour for Spring 2016.
The uniqueness of Southwestern Virginia will be celebrated on October 10 during the Heritage Festival. The front lawn on the Karlan Mansion will be filled with craft vendors, local artisans, demonstrations and homemade food.
Bluegrass music will fill the air from local bands such as Ken Wilson and Craig Sowby, Tennessee 90, Sigean, Town Branch, Larry Goodwin, Sons of Liberty, C.F. Bailey and Shadow Ridge.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. Admission is $10 per vehicle, with the majority of the proceeds going to the Friends of WRSP group.
As Halloween gets closer, so does the annual Pumpkins in the Park event, scheduled for Oct. 30 and 31.
Guests pile into a hay wagon to travel a wooded trail with creatures and spooky props behind many trees and around several corners. The haunted trail rides last approximately 30 minutes.
For younger children, pumpkin painting, face painting, trunk-or-treat and a costume contest will also be held.
More than 3,000 people attended the two-day event last year and WRSP employees are expecting a bigger turnout this year.
“Most of the money we take in goes right back into next year’s event, to make it bigger and better. This is the most unique event we do, and seeing the smiling faces and hearing the screams and laughs is our greatest reward,” said Brindle.
Admission is $10 per vehicle.
For more information about any of the aforementioned events, visit the Friends of Wilderness Road State Park page on Facebook.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.