Suther­land’s Tav­ern res­ur­rects ghost, spirit tours

Ol­gers fam­ily to open their doors again af­ter 3-year hia­tus as fundraiser for Gover­nor’s School theatre stu­dents

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DIN­WID­DIE — The Ol­gers fam­ily will once again open their his­toric Din­wid­die County home, Suther­land’s Tav­ern, for their "pop­u­lar" ghost and spirit tours. The tours have not been of­fered since 2015. The fam­ily will host the event Fri­day-Sun­day, Oct. 19-21, as a fundraiser for theatre stu­dents at the Ap­po­mat­tox Re­gional Gover­nor’s School (ARGS) for the Arts and Tech­nol­ogy, lo­cated in Pe­ters­burg.

The ARGS theatre pro­gram was nom­i­nated and se­lected by a board of col­lege theatre pro­fes­sion­als ear­lier this year to par­tic­i­pate in the 2019 Amer­i­can High School Theatre Fes­ti­val (AHSTF) at the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val Fringe. The Fringe Fes­ti­val is the world's largest per­form­ing arts fes­ti­val and is held ev­ery Au­gust in Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land. AHSTF was de­vel­oped so that the best drama stu­dents can show­case their skills on an in­ter­na­tional stage.

The ARGS theatre depart­ment must in­de­pen­dently raise the money to send the stu­dents to AHSTF. All pro­ceeds from the Suther­land’s Tav­ern Ghost and Spirit Tours will di­rectly be turned over to ARGS to sup­port this ef­fort.

The Suther­land’s Tav­ern Ghost and Spirit Tour in­cludes a can­dlelit tour of the 1803house where vis­i­tors will hear about un­ex­plained sight­ings and para­nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties. Tours will con­tinue to the fam­ily grave­yard be­hind the house and con­clude in the old cook­ing kitchen where mas­ter sto­ry­teller Jimmy Ol­gers will be re­count­ing ghost sto­ries as­so­ci­ated with Din­wid­die County by the fire­light.

Suther­land’s Tav­ern, also known as Fork Inn, has served as an inn, tav­ern, post of­fice and Civil War army hos­pi­tal. It is cur­rently the home of Dar­rell, Michelle and Emma Ol­gers who will re­cant their per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences and haunt­ing tales of oth­ers at their home through­out the years. They will show guests the blood­stained floors from the Civil War, walk guests through the 215-year-old hall­way where foot­steps are of­ten heard dur­ing a thun­der­storm and share eerie im­ages taken by para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tors and oth­ers of un­known pres­ences. Vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to take pic­tures, as sev­eral pho­tos taken by tour guests in pre­vi­ous years con­tained un­ex­plained phe­nom­ena.

“So many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity al­ways ask us when we’re go­ing to host the tours again be­cause they en­joyed them so much in the past,” said 15-year-old Emma Ol­gers, who is an ARGS sopho­more and mem­ber of its theatre arts depart­ment.

“We stopped host­ing the event be­cause of how much work it takes to put on, but my par­ents and I agreed it would be worth it to bring it back this year as a fundrais­ing event for the ARGS theatre stu­dents.”

Tours will be given ev­ery half hour from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and are $7 per per­son. They are not rec­om­mended for chil­dren un­der 10. Tours fill up fast and are on a first-come, first-served reser­va­tion ba­sis. To make a reser­va­tion con­tact Dar­rell Ol­gers via email at 66stingray­ or call/ text 804-943-2283. Note: This is the cor­rect phone num­ber.

Also, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Jimmy Ol­gers will con­duct his “fa­mous” palm read­ings for a $5 do­na­tion, pro­ceeds from which will also be do­nated to ARGS.

To make a do­na­tion di­rectly to ARGS to sup­port the theatre arts stu­dents to at­tend the AHSTF in Ed­in­burgh next sum­mer, visit http://ahstf. org/gift-of-per­for­mance/. The ARGS group num­ber is 57933-7.

Suther­land's Tav­ern is lo­cated in Din­wid­die County, at 19621 Namozine Road at the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 460 in Suther­land.

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