Park to host ghostly tales of Virginia


Joe Tennis

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will host author Joe Tennis as he tells ghostly tales of Virginia beginning at 8 p.m. on June 20 at the Wilderness Road Campground, located in the Wilderness Road Campground off of Hwy. 58 in Virginia.

The park’s outdoor amphitheater will be the perfect backdrop for this free special program that shares stories of “sightings of ghosts of the Blue Ridge Mountains.”

The stories to be told by Tennis will range from a ghostly horse seen galloping past the Martha Washington Inn, to a man believed to be standing outside his grave at Breaks Interstate Park.

All come from Tennis’ book “Haunts of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Highlands” which will be available for purchase during a book signing following the event. One tale even comes from the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park’s Gap Cave, long known as Cudjo’s Cave, and relates reports of what appeared to be a Confederate soldier in the dimly lit passageways of the cavern. This story along with others will keep listeners spellbound.

This program is being co-hosted by the Friends of Cumberland Gap and park partner Eastern National.

For more information about Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, call 606-248-2817 or visit www.nps.gov/cuga.

For more information on the Friends of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and how to become involved, visit www.friendsofcumberlandgap.org or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofcumberlandgap.

Eastern National supports the interpretive and educational mission of the National Park Service; learn more by visiting www.easternnational.org.

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