Ghost Walk community in search of history, haunts and heroes

Published 11:06 pm Saturday, September 5, 2009

Legend has it that the spirit of Antoinette Sherpetoska Peters still pirouettes, albeit only inside the confines of Woodland Cemetery. But does she wear those expensive jewels bestowed on her by a czar of Russia?

Lawrence County’s past is full of legends, its history is both glamourous and gallant, sad and stately. On Sept. 19, vignettes of that history will be brought to life at the annual Lawrence County Historical Society Ghost Walk at Woodland Cemetery.

Visitors will hear the stories of some of the county’s most notable citizens, such as Halsey Burr, whose claim to fame was the banking industry and Nannie Kelley Wright, the girl from Catlettsburg, Ky., who married into a prominent Ironton family and found money and fame as a woman ironmaster — a genuine feat in that day and age.

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During the Civil War era, many escaped slaves from the south made their way to freedom through Lawrence County. This history is brought to life as well.

Along with stories of the notable come tales of the notorious: who killed venerable Ironton doctor Joseph Lowry? No culprit was ever captured but Lowry rests with his wife in a tomb at Woodland. Visitors will hear his story, too.

The ghost walk will begin at 6 p.m. Shuttle service will be available from the Liebert Corp. lot across from the cemetery’s main entrance. Visitors are asked to wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight.