Friendly ghost stories at Sweet Briar

| October 23, 2013

Members of the Chung Mungs and Tau Phi will spook listeners with “Ghost Stories of Sweet Briar” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Friday, Nov. 1, at Sweet Briar Museum. The reading includes poems and stories from the College’s early days and will be followed by a brief tour of the museum. The event is free and open to the public.

Illustration by Daisy Williams at age 9, 1876. The drawing, which is included in a book she called “The Chatterbox,” depicts Daisy and a man camping in the woods, as well as a ghost who “[eats] them up” (according to Daisy). Detail of a photo by Paige Critcher.

As last year, the program includes fictional and non-fictional accounts, such as “The Shadow Child,” which appeared in the very first Sweet Briar Magazine in 1909, “A Mid Summer Night’s Vision of Daisy’s Garden” from 1915, and a news story from 1928 titled “Novel Ghost Flits Far Ahead.”

After the reading, attendees are invited to tour the museum and learn more about Sweet Briar founder, Indiana Fletcher Williams, and her daughter, Daisy Williams, who died at the age of 16. The exhibition features a variety of historical artifacts, such as jewelry and toys, a lock of Daisy’s hair, as well as a portrait of hers that was damaged in a 1927 fire in Sweet Briar House. The fire figures prominently in one of the ghost stories, many of which revolve around Daisy and the idea that she still “haunts” the College today — in a good way, says Sweet Briar galleries director Karol Lawson.

“Daisy is a benevolent, friendly spirit who looks after people,” she said.

The event will conclude with cider and brownies on the terrace, weather permitting. Halloween costumes are welcome. Reservations are not required, but seating for the reading is limited. Children younger than 17 should be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please contact Lawson at (434) 381-6248 or [email protected].

Janika Carey

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