Ghost walk brings life to downtown

Beautification Committee says close to 400 people attended
Oct. 29, 2013 @ 06:19 PM

It's alive. It's alive, said members of the City Beautification Committee during the Nightmare on Main Street ghost walk held Saturday night.

This was the inaugural event for the group and it went beyond expectations, said Chairman Carol Brown.

"Visitors packed the Old Depot," she said. "We had close to 400 people."

At various times, she and Councilman Raleigh York peered outside the Depot to gauge the line waiting to buy tickets. First, the line went to the caboose. On the next check, the line was past the Gazebo. Next time, wrapped to the Big Chair.

Visitors traveled  from Salisbury and even a paranormal study group traveled from Winston-Salem.

Brown said she was just thrilled when she heard a high school student say, "I didn't realize Thomasville was so awesome."

As the wait lingered, some folks made their way to Monkeez Brew for a hot cup of coffee, a recommendation that owner Steve Swaim appreciated.

Brown said the community worked together for the effort. Costumed drama students from Ledford High School were among the tour guides. She offered special praise for Committee member Crystal Hodges and Council members Raleigh York, who sold tickets at the Depot, and Pat Shelton, a favorite storyteller at City Hall.

While the ghost walk was only one  night, Brown encourages people to enjoy special lights on the Clock Tower and on the Bradford pear trees.

"It's alive [in downtown]," Brown reiterated.