MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

October 10, 2012

Murrell Home to offer ghost stories Oct. 26, 27


— For the 20th consecutive year, the George M. Murrell Home in Park Hill will be the backdrop for storytellers spinning yarns about the “Hunter's Ghost” and other chilling accounts.

The event will be Oct. 26-27.

“The innovative, family-oriented program will feature various storytellers in a number of rooms telling tales about the Murrell house, the Cherokee country, and other ghost stories,” said David Fowler, who manages the historic site for the Oklahoma Historical Society. “The ghost stories are one of our most popular events of the year.”

The Murrell Home, a plantation built in 1845, is one of the oldest structures in Oklahoma. Ghost stories related to the home are documented as early as the 1930s. One story, the “Hunter’s Ghost,” is the legend that grew out of the years George Murrell operated the mansion as his “Hunter’s Home” before the Civil War. He often hosted fox hunts in the Cherokee Nation. This and other tales related to the home will be revived by storytellers in period costume. Sessions are every 15 minutes from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with visitors moving through the house to listen to stories from five storytellers.

Guests will have a chance to explore the smokehouse, which is normally closed to visitors, and sample some hot cider and cookies provided by the Friends of the Murrell Home support organization. Copies of the Friends’ publication, “Ghost Stories from the Murrell Home,” will also be available for purchase for $10 each, while supplies last.

The book contains more than 60 stories about the Murrell Home and the Park Hill area for visitors who would like to read more. A donation of $5 per person is requested, with reservations required because of limited seating. Credit cards are accepted. The event is not recommended for children under 8.

Reservations: (918) 456-2751.