Area residents have a chance to spend an evening with the spirits of 15 early Calhoun area residents who served a significant role in McMinn County history.

Calhoun was founded on the Hiwassee District reservation of Major John Walker, Jr. and McMinn County was established in his home on Nov. 13, 1819. In a dinner theater setting, a three-course meal will be served, followed by a visit with these townsfolk who were laid to rest in the old Methodist graveyard during the 1800s.

Lives of intrigue, betrayal, mystery, tragedy, war and hard work are well-represented by these residents of God’s acre on Church Street. A Cherokee businessman, a land speculator, a doctor, a Cherokee preacher, a teacher, two Civil War soldiers and a Cherokee widow are among the “spirits” who have promised to materialize at Meditation Park.

The event is set for Saturday, April 27, at 6 p.m. at the Calhoun Community Cemetery located at 106 Church St., in Calhoun. The cost for the event is $35, which includes dinner and souvenir program.

Tickets are limited and are available at Calhoun City Hall and Hiwassee River Heritage Center in Charleston. For more information, call 423-665-3373.

The event is produced by the Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society.

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