www.thegrove-jefferson.com                          April 2006                                      ISSN 1558-3252

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The Texas Paranormal Conference was held in Jefferson last weekend, and I think that everyone had a wonderful time. People stayed in haunted hotels and B&Bs, attended the conference to hear some wonderful speakers, and then got to go on various ghost-themed tours around town. After hearing a ton of feedback, I can safely say that a good time was had by all.

Not only was this past weekend the Paranormal Conference, but it was also the Rod Run here in Jefferson, and you’ve never seen such incredible cars. It was a great weekend to be in town!

I have to mention that the first weekend in May is the Historic Pilgrimage weekend, where you buy one ticket and get to tour four historic homes. There are also docents in period costume in each room to tell you about the houses. Tami and I will be working in the Hale-Walla house, so if you come for the weekend, look for us there.

Also, The Grove gardens will be on the "Butterfly Garden Tour" of Jefferson, so if you’re in town, be sure to drop by to check out our gardens. We’re working hard to get everything ready.

Bad News, Good News

Those of you who’ve been to visit The Grove may have seen our cats Daphne (the white one) and Elsie (the tortoise-shell black one). The bad news is that several weeks ago, I was pulling into the carport and Elsie was sleeping in the shade where I couldn’t see her. To my absolute horror, I hit her with the car. We couldn’t find her after that, and our friends started telling us how wounded animals go off to die. I was a basket case over the whole thing, and combed a four-block radius twice, looking for Elsie. I was calling her, shaking a bowl of food, anything to try to find that cat.

Twenty-four hours later, I was still out looking for her, and suddenly discovered that she’d made her way to our back porch - never in the history of mankind has there been a dude so happy to see a cat. We brought her in, gave her first aid, then took her to our vet. The good news is that Elsie has recovered just fine, and is back to stalking the grounds of The Grove, looking for mice, snakes, lizards, and other things that I hate to discover when I’m working under the house. I’m a dog person, but I think that I’ve developed quite an attachment to that cat.

A Little More News

Like I wrote in the last GroveZine, if you've visited the historic Oakwood Cemetery here in Jefferson, you know that it's a fascinating place. It has graves dating back to the 1800s, and the statuary in incredible - angels with swords on top of the monuments and such. I've always been intrigued with it, and I've spent literally hours there walking along the paths. Because I love the place so much, it is the topic of my latest book: Angels of Oakwood: Jefferson's Historic Cemetery. Check out www.thegrove-jefferson.com/oakwood for more info.

Some times odd things happen on the Grove Tours, and I received the following email from one of our visitors, who suspects that some unseen hand in the house was knocking her sunglasses off her head. "While in , you were telling a story about the closet made from a wardrobe and the lady in white who disappears through a door no longer there. You may not have noticed this (or even remember our particular visit for that matter), but my sunglasses kept falling off my head. Not once, but so many times that I finally took them off and stuck them in the neck of my shirt. I kept thinking 'what is the deal - these are new!' I bought them because they were tight and held my hair back. After we left, we went to eat lunch in town. I wonder what the tourists thought as I demonstrated , as I was hanging my head upside down and shaking it vigorously, just to show that my sunglasses would not fall off. This made an interesting end to a very eventful day."

Last week, a couple of ladies called and scheduled a tour of The Grove. It was on Tuesday afternoon on April 18th, and while we were in the front parlor, one of the ladies said, "Is there anyone else in the house?" I told her that it was just the three of us, and she said that she'd seen a woman walking through the center stairwell and into the bedroom. When I asked what the woman was wearing, she said that she'd only seen the top half, and it appeared to be a white dress. This is the second time that the lady in white has been seen on the tour.

The final ghost story that I had was from the Saturday of the Texas Paranormal Conference. We had a tour of The Grove at 7:00 in the evening, when it wasn't quite dark. One of the groups on the tour was a family of four - a husband and wife, and their kids, a girl and boy. When I started talking about the "garden guy", they started whispering to each other, and finally told me that while they were waiting for the tour to start they were walking around in front of the house, and their son started talking about a man in a dark suit that he saw in the garden. They didn't think anything about it, until I told the "garden guy" story - apparently their son had seen him before the tour.

Well, that's it for this month's GroveZine... I have to go get the garden ready for the "Butterfly Garden Tour" associated with Pilgrimage. Come see us!

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