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October 13, 2014

Contact: Amanda Pritchett
George M. Murrell Home, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 918-456-2751

Ghost Stories Event Returns to Murrell Home

Park Hill, Okla. -- For the twenty-second consecutive year, the George M. Murrell Home in Park Hill will be the backdrop for storytellers spinning yarns about the "Hunter's Ghost" and other chilling accounts. The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, October 25.

"This family-oriented program will feature various storytellers in a number of rooms telling tales about the Murrell Home, the Cherokee Nation, and other local ghost stories," said Amanda Pritchett, a historical interpreter for the Oklahoma Historical Society. "The Ghost Stories are one of our most popular events of the year. Many people return every year," said Pritchett.

Ghost stories related to the 1845 plantation mansion are documented as early as the 1930s. One story, the "Hunter's Ghost," is the legend that grew out of the years George Murrell operated the mansion as his "Hunter's Home" before the Civil War. He often hosted fox hunts in the Cherokee Nation. This and other tales related to the historic home will be recounted by storytellers in period costume.

Sessions will begin every 15 minutes beginning at 6:30 p.m. The last session will begin at 8:15 p.m. Visitors will move through the house and listen to stories from several unique storytellers. Guests will also have a chance to sample some hot cider and cookies in the Murrell Mercantile Store.

A donation of $5 per person is requested, with reservations required because of limited seating. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted. The event is not recommended for children under eight years of age. For reservations, call 918-456-2751.

The George M. Murrell Home, a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society, is a National Historic Landmark, a Certified Trail of Tears Site, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was the residence of two nieces of Cherokee Principal Chief John Ross and is the only remaining antebellum plantation home in Oklahoma. The museum is located at 19479 E. Murrell Home Rd. in Park Hill.

The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 32 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information visit www.okhistory.org.

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