Local Thespians Portray Characters From Liberty’s History

LIBERTY, October 3, 2013 - On the afternoons of October 26th and 27th the Liberty County Historical Commission will sponsor a cemetery “ghost” tour and  reenactment.  Many of the early pioneer citizens of this area will rise from the grave and be portrayed by local citizens!  Whispers From the Past…..Tales and Tours in the Liberty City Cemetery will offer a unique look back in time and uncover  tales of murder, scandal, romance and dubious beginnings of many pioneer families in this part of Liberty County.  There will be ten (10) “ghosts” in this tour, all arriving in period correct attire to entertain ticket holders with their family secrets!


Popular LISD superintendant, Cody Abshier will assume the character of Ephraim Jesse Crain.  E. J. Crain was born in 1836 at Rosedale Plantation near Plaquemine, Louisiana of prosperous parents and led a privileged early life.  Life was good on the plantation until the Civil War which changed his fortune.  He served in many of the major battles and ended the war walking all the way from Virginia to Louisiana only to find his beloved Rosemont burned and the fields in ruin.  Does this sound like Gone With the Wind?!......well, we will not give away more of Mr. Crain’s long and tortuous life as he finally made his way to Liberty County and his final resting place among its early citizenry.  Needless to say, it was a most interest journey!

Local thespian and Valley Player regular, Deborah Pickett will “be” Katherine Butler Nolan, a true Irish lass.  Kate Nolan was born in Dublin, Ireland in the year 1827 to a prosperous family.  Her cousin, Fanny Murray, took a special interest in Kate and paid for a private education at a convent school in Dublin.  She also traveled with “Aunt” Fanny on the continent and learned French, Italian and German.  However, her fate was not sealed.  On a trip to a fashionable French spa and after wearing out two pairs of dancing slippers, Kate “slipped” into the arms of a handsome Texas widower, William G. Nolan.  Kate married the widower and Aunt Fannie disinherited her, giving her only a prayer book upon her sailing to Texas, saying she was sure to need it! 

You will meet Kate Nolan, Ephraim Jesse Crain and eight (8) other characters from Liberty’s past, now “residents” at the historic Liberty City Cemetery on Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th.  There will be two (2) tours each day at 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are reserved in advance for a donation of $10 each.  Proceeds from the tour will be used by the Liberty County Historical Commission’s efforts in historic preservation in the county.  For tickets and/or information, please contact Sandra Sterling at 936-336-3716 or email: sandrasterling35@gmail.comWhispers From the Past…..Tales and Tours in the Liberty City Cemetery will be “the event” of the season, lots of fun and educational.  Please order your tickets today!


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