Baytown Couple To Portray Frank And Cynthia Hardin In Cemetery Tour
LIBERTY, September 24, 2013 - Popular historians and reenactors, Eric and Glenda Sandifer will assume the characters of Franklin Hardin and Cynthia O’Brien Hardin on the afternoons of October 26th and 27th in the Liberty City Cemetery, 800 Bowie Street.
The Liberty County Historical Commission is sponsoring WHISPERS FROM THE PAST…..TALES AND TOURS IN THE LIBERTY CITY CEMETERY. There will be two tours each day; one at 4:00 p.m. and the second at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available for a donation of $10.00 each by calling ticket chair, Sandra Sterling at 936-336-3716 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org . Tickets are limited and reserved in advance. The proceeds from this event will benefit the commission’s efforts in historic preservation in Liberty County. There will be ten “ghosts” who will return during tours to entertain with tales of murder, scandalous romance, dubious beginnings and the early settlement of Liberty County! One or more, may be your ancestor!
Eric and Glenda Sandifer of Baytown are well known in our area and have assumed many different characters from history, always in period correct costume. The Sandifers have been guest speakers for the Libertad Chapter, NSDAR, the Franklin Hardin Chapter DRT, the Liberty County Genealogical Society and many other local organizations. They are always in great demand for their entertaining and historically accurate portrayals. On the afternoons of October 26th and 27th the spirits of Franklin Hardin and wife, Cynthia O’Brien Hardin will rise from the grave and tell their stories!
(Benjamin) Franklin Hardin (1803-1876) was surveyor, soldier, and legislator, the fourth son of Swan and Jerusha Blackburn Hardin, was born in Franklin County, Georgia and grew up in Maury County, Tennessee. He moved to Texas in 1826 and served under Stephen F. Austin against the Fredonian Rebellion of 1827. Hardin, along with his brothers and their father, escaped into Texas after their feud with a prominent family in Maury County which left two dead. He married Cynthia O’Brien in 1839; they had six children and built their home, Seven Pines, on the site of the Humphreys Cultural Center. Their story will be told, along with other residents of the City Cemetery: Thomas Blake Smith; Capt. William B. Duncan and wife, Celima; “Little Miss Rose,” the Runaway Scrape child (whose grave was washed down the Trinity and spirit is still wandering the cemetery!); Kate Nolan an Irish lass; James Madison Hall; Ephraim Jesse Crain and Col. E. B. Pickett.
Do not miss this exciting event……reserve your tickets today!!!!