October can be a creepy, spooky month and we at the Williamson Museum were determined not to be left out of all that ghostly fun. On Halloween weekend, we hosted Ghosts on the Square, where costumed docents led tours of the Georgetown square and related the stories of the many other-worldly specters which haunt the historic buildings there. We had four sold-out tours each night and our guests left the square with a new appreciation for the people of the county who were perhaps none too ready to leave this world for the next. A shout-out to Quenan's Jewelers, who added creepiness to our tours with a mummy in their second story window! It gave everybody a bit of a start to find something unexpectedly lurking in that window!
Continuing with the other-worldly theme, the museum hosted a Cemetery Tour at the Independent Order of Oddfellows (IOOF) Cemetery on November 6th. In this event, costumed interpreters told the story of the many prominent citizens of Williamson County buried at the IOOF and how they contributed to the success of Southwestern University. Among the dead who "returned" to speak to our guests were SWU presidents, trustees, businessmen, ministers, and their wives. Many returning Southwestern graduates, in Georgetown for Homecoming, enjoyed touring the cemetery and learning about the many men and women who worked diligently to ensure that Southwestern would continue to "survive and thrive" into the twenty-first century.
The success of these two programs ensures that the museum will survive and thrive, as well. I look forward to planning the next Ghosts on the Square and Cemetery Tour next year. And in case you missed it, I hope you will plan on coming out to one or both events in 2011 to experience the rich and (sometimes) spooky history that Williamson County has to offer.