June 2004 - Antebellum Plantation - Stone Mountain, Georgia


Owen
Christyn
Damon

Legend:

Several Buildings in there are haunted: Thornton House: Workers have reported feeling a spirit at the top of the stairs, between the children's rooms. Dickey House: Confederate re-enactors have reported seeing a woman in top floor windows when he camp out on lawn. Slave Quarters: Reported feeling spirits.

History:

Antebellum Plantation is a representation of an actually pre-Civil War Georgia plantation. It consists of a collection of authentic buildings built between 1790 and 1845. These buildings were moved from their original sites all across Georgia to Stone Mountain Park, and then carefully restored to their historical beauty.

There are more than fifteen buildings that make up the plantation. The legend mentions 3 of them. The Thornton House, The Dickey House, and the Slave Quarters.

The Thornton house is the oldest of the three, and believed to be the oldest restored house in the state of Georgia. It came from Union Point in Green County and was built in 1790. The second floor consists of two bedrooms, both allegedly were children rooms.
Having 14 rooms and covering 6,250 square feet is the Dickey House. This house is by far the largest building on the plantation. It was built in 1840 in Dickey Georgia, and relocated to the park in 1961. Unlike the Thornton house, descendents of the original owners continued to occupy the house until the move to Stone Mountain.
The Slave Quarters came from the Graves Plantation in Covington. They are actually two small cabins built in 1830. The interesting yet somber fact about these cabins is almost everything that furnishes the inside was either made by the slaves themselves or were throw aways from the main house on the plantation.

There is definitely a lot of history here, but is there just as much haunting as history? Do ghost travel with the buildings once they've been relocated and refurbished? That's what we plan on finding out.

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Thursday June 10, 2004:

We arrived at the Stone Mountain Park on the evening of the 10th. We took time to watch the laser show on the side of the mountain, then after the traffic had cleared out, we went on over to the Plantation. Upon entering the Plantation, it became clear that I had not done enough research. Although I had the legend in hand, with descriptions of the haunts and in which building the haunts took place in, I did not have anything distinguishing which building is which. I was hoping there would be a plaque or a map or something that said what each building was, but we didn't find anything. So we ended up just walking around snapping photos and filming.

Outside of one building (one we found out later not previously thought to be haunted) as Damon was filming, he saw what appears to be a moving orb. He makes reference to it on the video below, and you can actually see it. Although I would love to say that it was a ghost, I must point out there were tons of bugs flying around. We even saw some lightning bugs. I feel safe in saying that this is all it was. Take a look at the video below and decide for yourself.

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Outside of another building (again, not thought to be haunted) near the time we had decided to leave and come back in the day time, a light started to flicker on and off. Since I have been pursuing these legends of the supernatural, I have learned that a lot of people seem to think this is a ghost's way of communicating to us. The video below shows as we walk by the light, it becomes brighter. We pause to take some photos and then start to leave and it goes out.

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After being there for a little over an hour and not knowing where the ghosts where allegedly seen, we decided to call it a night.

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Friday June 11, 2004:

After a disappointing night of wandering around hopelessly taking pictures of bugs and cats, we decided to return in the daytime. We were able to get a detailed map, and interview some of the staff who worked at the Antebellum Plantation inside some of the allegedly haunted structures. One staff member, the Caretaker, was able to answer almost all of our questions. The Caretaker's real name is Tim, and you can learn more about him by visiting his personal website.

The Slave Cabins seemed to be the weakest part of this legend. No one we talked to had experienced or heard of anyone else experiencing anything there. However, we took some pictures and video for documentation purposes. Take a look and see if you see anything 'strange'.

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However, the Dickey House is another story. Tim let us know that people, not him personally, have seen a woman in the windows and in a small dressing area. You can see a good shot of the windows at night in the video above from the night before. During the day we took some more pictures, video, and sound recordings. however nothing showed up on them.

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Now the Thornton House is the one that gets everyone's hearts beating a little faster. Apparently a little girl by the name of Sarah crawled into the attack space and was never seen again. Her room is the one at the top of the stairs to the left. Tim was definitely passionate about this house. Although he had never personally experienced anything, he had heard enough of others who had had experiences, that he says good morning and good night to Sarah every day. While we were there, alone much of the time, Sarah decided not to make herself known. I will say this, when we stood at the top of the stairs and were quiet and just waited, you do get a little freaky feeling. However, from observing other tourists that were not privy to the story of Sarah, it didn't seem like they had any troubled feelings what so ever.

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Do I think Antebellum Plantation is haunted? I seriously doubt it. I find the fact that these houses and structures were moved from other parts of the state then underwent major renovations, suggests that the hauntings are nothing more than over active imaginations. I won't dismiss the possibility away for sure, but until some more proof comes to light I'm gonna say this is a clever way to attract a few more tourists.

Be sure to check out the Antebellum Plantation website! Stop by the next time you're traveling through the east side of Atlanta!

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