The sun is low in the autumn sky and washes a layer of gold over the red bricks of the ruins of St. John's Episcopal Church on the banks of Lake Washington at Glen Allan.
When it gets good and dark the cemetery will fill up with people who are here to hear the dead speak to them. No, it's not a séance, it's an event that has grown in popularity wherever it's been tried; a tour of a cemetery with people dressed up playing the part of someone buried there. And last year Jim Barns says they found out just such a tour was for everybody.
"Last year a lot of my friends wives drug them here because, you know, it's not a guy thing, you know. 'Aw honey, lets don…' And THEY were the ones that came out raving, 'Man that was really good!" said Barns.
Reverend Charles Young from up the road at Pace is playing Jessie Crowell, the only slaved buried in Greenfield. He has no grave marker, but was most responsible for building St. Johns church 160 years ago. So perhaps the ruins themselves serve as his marker. And tonight, he's not only not forgotten, he's front and center in the tour.
"I think that these stories remind us that we didn't just show up one day," said Rev. Young. "There are some other people that paved the way and we are reflected in that. So these stories are very important."
Ken Barns is the old town doctor who was born in the Civil War and lived until the Korean War. Playing the part of the Doctor is also more than just having something to do a couple of nights in the fall.
Ken Barns: Well, I think it serves to remind all of us that these were real people. They laughed, loved, lived and cried just like we all do.
The weather was perfect for the tour, and odds of having good weather the first weekend of November is one of the reasons for the choice of this particular weekend according to Dr. Nancy Coleman, organizer of the tour.
"If you live in the Delta you know you can't do too much when the mosquitoes are out. And so that's from about April until mid-September," said Dr. Coleman. "So there's a small window of time between mid-September and the first weeks of November when the rains begin to set in."
So first weekend of November next year, head to Greenfield Cemetery and hear the dead speak, and sing.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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