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Hello from The Grove, and Jefferson, Texas! Well, here we are -
Halloween! Although it doesn't mean any extra supernatural
activity here at the house, you can be sure that we're going to
have more Earthly visitors to the place.
The first thing to mention is that on the tour last Saturday,
we had a reporter from People Magazine pay us a visit.
According to her, The Grove will be one of the places featured
in People this week. I hear that it comes out on Thursday, but
I'll be looking every single day! :)
I've already heard from several folks about this, so I feel
like I have to go ahead mention it. By now you know that the
Taste of Jefferson was canceled this year. I'm aware that a
lot of people were disappointed; myself included - if you've
been reading the ezine for a year now, you know how much I went
on about it last year. I apologize to everyone who was
planning on coming to town for it, and most especially to those
who did so without knowing the festival's fate (it was killed
with very short notice - too short, I fear). I think that I can
say that you should plan on attending it again in 2006 - by
one way or another, I think that you're going to find that it
will be back, bigger and better than ever. I'm already starting
to diet so that I can enjoy it!
And the 2005 Bigfoot Conference - I have to mention that. There
were about 500 in town for it, according to the newspaper, and
it went from Friday night 'til Sunday afternoon. If you have an
interest in the legendary animals, then make your plans to
attend next October for the 2006 conference!
Jefferson also had the "Boo Run" for motorcycle enthusiasts
last weekend, and the police chief said that it looked like
there could have been an extra 8000-10000 people in town for it.
I went downtown on Saturday morning, and there were motorcycles
stacked tightly on all of the historic district streets. All
kinds of activities were held, and it was truly something to
The next big thing in Jefferson is our Candlelight celebration,
coming up the first two weekends in December. Everything is lit
up for Christmas - there are a hundred decorated trees in Lions
Park (our "Enchanted Forest"), four homes to tour with docents
in Victorian dress, and too many more things to mention. A
wonderful time will be had by all - plan on attending, and just
email if you need more info.
Perhaps the most entertaining thing that's happened on The
Grove tour lately actually had nothing to do with our ghosts.
If you've been on the tour, you know that in the dining room we
tell the story of the Young Family. Charles and Daphne bought
the place back in 1885 and raised three kids in the house -
Louise Young, their daughter, spent her entire life at The
Grove. Last Sunday I was doing the tour when we all suddenly
heard the screaming of a cat. I assumed that it was Daphne, our
resident cat, but I had no idea what she was doing or where she
was. As I apologized for the commotion I heard Tami dashing up
the stairs. Suddenly Daphne came dashing back down, then lept
from the landing, to the pulpit in the entryway, and stopped by
the door as if to say, "Let me out!" Tami came down and reported
that the door to the attic had been closed and fastened. We had
no idea how Daphne got in the attic, but I fear that it wasn't a
supernatural feet. Instead, I'm afraid that she has discovered a
way to open one of the dormers on the roof. I guess that we have
another mystery to decipher; if Daphne can get in the attic, I
assume that the squirrels can too. No matter what, the folks
there with me said, "You should make that part of every tour!"
Along with our Ghost Walk, and the Ghost Train, there is now
another ghostly attraction in town - the Ghostly Boat Ride down
Big Cypress Bayou. The folks that run it invited Tami and I to
their inaugural trip, and it was quite enjoyable. As you float
down the river in the dead of night, with only a single light
illuminating the cypress trees along the banks, the stories
seem to come to life. Most are concerned with the river itself,
so it is a very different experience than the other attractions.
The question that we're really starting to ponder here at The
Grove is: "Are there any graves on the property?" In our
historical research, we haven't found anything to indicate that.
In the last year, however, we've had two psychics visit the
house and both of them felt like there were people buried on
the property. One went as far as to say that the people weren't
connected with the house - that they were buried here long
before the lot was marked off by Daniel Alley in the 1850's.
This got a little weirder when I was doing a phone interview to
promote my book "A Ghost in My Suitcase". It was with a radio
station in Dallas, and one of the DJ's said, "I went to
Jefferson several years ago, and we went to a place called 'The
Grove' - we had a psychic with us, and she told us that someone
was buried on the grounds." The time frame that she was talking
about was easily a few years before we bought the place, so it
is odd to me that psychics keep telling us that someone is
buried here. If that is the case, it may explain some of the
hauntings; I just hope that most of the time, they're resting
Well, that's it for the October Grovezine - happy Halloween to
everyone. I hope that you all get the chance to come visit us
soon, and don't forget to pick up a People Magazine this week -
meanwhile, I'll talk to you next month!
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