The Hardin County History Museum came alive, or not quite alive, with the ghosts of the county’s past Saturday night.

Ghosts warned of incoming attacks and some that looked like an exhibit moved suddenly to scare those walking through the museum. Some visitors were overheard asking people and mannequins what was real and what was not real as they walked through.

Organizer Kevin Kristen said Elizabethtown founder Samuel Haycraft, General George Armstrong Custer, temperance champion Carrie Nation, President Buchanan, Daniel Boone, a pioneer family as well as Confederate and Union soldiers all made appearances during the event.

“And J.R. Neighbors as well as our Mad Doctor for all your medical needs, ” he said. “Numerous other ghosts add to the spookiness.”

The hope is to introduce people to the museum and some famous figures from Elizabethtown’s past, he said.

“We are hoping to provide Hardin County folks with a taste of the history of Elizabethtown as well as introduce many to the Hardin County Museum for the first time in hopes that they will come back and explore us further,” Kristen said.

K.C. Crawford is a member of the museum board. She served behind the scenes and was ready to step in as an alternate character of a Victorian woman missing her baby if needed. The character highlights the influenza outbreak in Hardin County during that era impacting children.

“I’ve always had a passion and interest in history and enjoy being involved in the community so, being able to combine the two is great,” she said adding preserving history is important. “The area is full of so many great stories and moments that go untold.”

The haunted museum helps visitors connect and be present in the community while highlighting parts of the county’s history in a unique and memorable way, she said.

“Our hope is that the event gets the community interested and coming back to visit the museum to learn more,” Crawford said.

Anthony Heresmann and Dreydon, who was dressed as Batman, went through the museum Saturday night.

“It was absolutely wonderful and it’s nice to have something like that downtown,” Heresmann said.

Batman, aka, Dreydon, thought it was a little spooky but fun. It was something kids could enjoy because it was just a little spooky and not gory, Heresmann said.

“It was nice for us,” he said.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1416

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