On Thursday, October 25, Historic Jefferson College will host its seventh annual Ghost Tales around the Campfire and Halloween Duck Hunt. The free event, aimed at children twelve and younger, consists of not-too-scary stories being told around a bonfire followed by a dash to find some of the hundreds of themed rubber ducks nestled around the site.
“This year we’ll hide about 1,800 rubber ducks—some decorated as zombies, some as vampires, some with two heads, and others with designs ranging from doctors and ball players to cowboys and construction workers,” said Historic Jefferson College director Robin Person. “Kids get to keep all ducks they find, and we always make sure every child goes home with at least one.”
The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with storytellers Becky Anderson, Liz and Tim Blalock, and Kay McNeil leading the 30-45 minute Ghost Tales followed by the Halloween Duck Hunt as night falls. Attendees should bring a blanket or chair for the Ghost Tales and a bag and flashlight for the Duck Hunt. No reservations are needed.
For more information call 601-442-2901, firstname.lastname@example.org. Historic Jefferson College is located just off Highway 61 four miles north of Natchez at 16 Old North Street.
Jefferson College was established in 1802 as the first institution of higher learning chartered in the Mississippi Territory. In 1817 it became the birthplace of Mississippi statehood when the first constitutional convention was held there. The eighty-acre site features a museum and original buildings such as the circa-1819 East Wing, circa-1835 President’s House, and circa-1839 West Wing. The T.J. Foster Memorial Nature Trail interprets the area’s natural history.