Here are the answers to the “easy” version of the 2021 Haunted Hunt scavenger hunt:
There are 13 people interred inside the Winship mausoleum. The lions are there to frighten away any evil spirits that might try to enter!
2. October 31, 1974
Katherine Dickey McVickar grew up in Atlanta society, attending teas and social parties. Once, while dancing with the King of Spain, Katherine spotted her father walking into the ballroom. She told the king to wait a minute and went off to greet her father, leaving the king alone on the dance floor. Katherine lived all across the country. She died on Halloween in 1974. She is buried in the lot owned by her grandmother, Lula Cox McWhorter.
3. Tampa Bay, Florida
On April 4, 1904, Ellen O’Connor boarded a small sailboat to go sightseeing in Tampa Bay, Florida. The weather was perfect. But on the return trip, the day turned stormy. The wind began to drag the small boat out to sea, then the boat capsized. Two people were rescued. Ellen O’Connor’s grave is empty as her body was never found. A monument placed over a grave where there are no remains is called a cenotaph. This means “empty tomb.”
Pete Pike, founder of Pike Nurseries, planted this tree for his friend David Miller Deakins in September 1989. David Miller Deakins is buried across from the Austell Mausoleum.
5. Citizens, Atlanta
Potter’s Field is an open, grassy area in Oakland Cemetery. Looking around, how many people do you think are buried here? If you guessed 7,500 people, you are correct! Many people buried here were poor and could not afford to buy a burial lot. Some of their graves were marked by wooden headboards, but those deteriorated over time. However, archaeological investigations in the 1970s suggest that not all of those buried in Potter’s Field were poor. This area also contains a number of graves of wealthier Atlantans. This area was used as a burial place until the mid-1880s. A rectangular monument represents those buried, stating, “A memorial to the citizens of Atlanta who are buried in unmarked graves.”
Born in 1846, Walter Branham Arnold died on October 28, 1904 – three days before Halloween.
7. Eventide Old Ladies Home
The Eventide Old Ladies Home stood in West End in the early 1900s. Amos G. Rhodes, a furniture store owner, donated money to the home. In 1974, the Eventide home merged with the Wesley Woods Center of Emory University.
The Bell and Stephens families were related by marriage. Did you know that the bell in Oakland’s Bell Tower Building used to ring during every funeral? It still rings today during funerals, which take place 12-15 times a year.
Mary Elizabeth Trabert Kontz’s cause of death was listed as Congestive chills, which is malaria with complications. Malaria was an epidemic in the lower South, especially during the late summer and fall – which came to be known as the “sickly season.”
10. Westview Cemetery
These markers are cenotaphs, or monuments for empty tombs, for members of the Maier family. Westview Cemetery is the largest civilian cemetery in the Southeast. It is more than 580 acres. The cemetery opened in 1884 in West Atlanta after Oakland lots sold out.
11. Six Feet Under
Six Feet Under is a phrase for “burial in a grave” or “death.” Six Feet Under, the restaurant, has a rooftop patio that overlooks Oakland Cemetery.
12. A cup and card
The Harris Mausoleum was built in 2016. Some people think the life-size statue inside the mausoleum is spooky, but everyone is always surprised. The statues depicts the Harris couple doing one of their favorite activities together – playing cards at the dinner table!