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Contact: Howard Duncan, 423-569-9778Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, in conjunction with the Big South Fork Scenic Railway, is planning a special event on Saturday, September 8, at the Blue Heron Mining Community. The event will feature local storytellers presenting frightening tales in the evening hours at Blue Heron. Guided by National Park Service Rangers, visitors will be escorted to different ghost structures within the mining camp to hear tales of terror, mystery and intrigue. This is a rare opportunity to ride the route of the Kentucky and Tennessee Railway and visit Blue Heron at night. The event was very successful last year, and this year should be even better.
Storytelling and orientation to the event will begin at the Big South Fork Scenic Railway Depot in Stearns, Kentucky, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Visitors will depart the Stearns Depot at 7:00 p.m. for the train ride to Blue Heron. Upon arriving at Blue Heron, visitors will be divided into groups and assigned a guide for the evening. Each group will spend approximately 15 minutes with each storyteller and then be escorted to the next location. Storytelling locations will include the Blue Heron Church, the Women's Life structure, under the tipple and on the depot platform. The expected time at Blue Heron will be approximately two hours. Visitors are welcome to drive to Blue Heron to enjoy the event. Persons driving in are requested to arrive at Blue Heron by 7:15 p.m. It is recommended that everyone bring a small flashlight and wear comfortable shoes.
Although there is no charge for the storytelling sessions at Blue Heron, there is a fee for the Big South Fork Scenic Railway. Tickets for the Scenic Railway are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children under 12. For information on the Big South Fork Scenic Railway, call 800-462-5664 or visit the Scenic Railway website at www.bsfsry.com. For more information on the ghost train event, you may call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275, the Blue Heron Visitor Center at (606) 376-5073. The event is scheduled on Eastern Time.