My Aunt Tina lives in Chicago, Illinois. She’s helping me out today with my 31 Days of Spook. Recently she visited Mount Carmel Cemetery right there in Chicago. What? Don’t you visit cemeteries during your down time? I’ve heard they can be very relaxing and an educational experience. Let’s take these for pictures for instance that my Aunt Tina took and shared with me.
It’s a beautiful grave site. Of course there are lots of beautiful headstones and memorials in this cemetery but this one is different. Let me introduce you to Julia Buccola Petta.
Julia Buccola Petta died at age 29 while giving birth to her stillborn son, Filippo. Julia was buried in her wedding dress and given the nickname of The Italian Bride. According to legend, Julia’s mother Filomena began having dreams in which Julia was telling her that she was still alive.
Years after her death, Filomena received permission to have the grave opened and her daughter exhumed. Her mother then took a picture of Julia in her casket which was then placed on the monument.
The picture is still there on her grave at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois. Do you notice anything in the picture?
After years of being buried, Julia looks – how shall we say it? – still together if you catch my drift.
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Welcome back friends to another edition of Travels in the South. We have been talking about our visit with our great friends Bill and Jean from Canadian Cats. If you have missed the previous editions, please check them out here: Red Lobster; Fogo de Chao; Stately Oaks; Spa Day. World of Coca-Cola Part I, World of Coca-Cola Part II. World of Coca-Cola Part III, The Varsity, Gone With the Wind Part I.
Last week we started the Gone with the Wind tour in Jonesboro, Georgia. We spoke of the Patrick Cleburne Memorial Cemetery. The above picture was taken by Bill. What an awesome picture, you think? Today we continue our tour. There was one thing that I forgot to mention last week that I think you might find fascinating.
In this picture, you see the front entrance to the Road to Tara Museum where the Gone with the Wind tour starts and drops off. This building is important – not on historically but movie wise. Have I intrigued your interest now?
You see, Georgia is like little Hollywood and there are lots of movies made here. Heck not too far from us in Atlanta, they filmed the movie The Walking Dead. That explains all of the zombies downtown – snorts with piggy laughter.
But back to this Road to Tara Museum. Do you know what famous movie actually took place in downtown Jonesboro? In fact, there was a scene in the movie that was filmed right behind this building. That’s right – Smokey and the Bandit with Burt Reynolds. Notice the building now in this picture – this is the back of the building. In the movie, Jonesboro was turned into Texarkana. Cool huh? So you see we have our own little bit of Hollywood right here in the south 🙂
There are lots of other important places in Jonesboro. There’s actually the R.K. Holliday Office Building. R.K. Holliday was the cousin of Margaret Mitchell and the father of the woman who served as inspiration to Mitchell’s character Melanie Hamilton. Then there is the Carnes Homes that was built in 1850’s by Stephen Carnes. Carnes was a casket maker and after the war he was hired to re-inter the Confederate soldiers that had been buried around the city into the Patrick Cleburne Memorial Cemetery that we spoke about last week.
The tour also brings you by the 1898 Clayton County Courthouse. Margaret Mitchell visited this courthouse to research local records during her writing of Gone with the Wind.
Our next stop on the tour was the Courthouse/Masonic Lodge. From 1858 until the first County Courthouse was completed on this site in 1861, Clayton County Court met in the Masonic Hall. This courthouse was used until 1898 when the new courthouse was built. Now inside of this building it houses all kinds of history along the ways in Clayton County. It had original policeman uniforms, jails, Gone With the Wind pictures of Scarlett and Rhett to ghosts. Yep I said ghosts. Our tour guide says that psychics have been to this building and spoke to ghosts from years past. Interesting huh?
I’m sure you recognize this movie poster from Gone With the Wind but can you read it?
And do you know what happens to people on the tour that can’t behave? Go ahead guess. I bet you can’t guess. Stay tuned next week my friends for the continuing tour.
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Do you need a ride my friends? There just happens to be a casket available on this motorcycle. They’ll even let you ride for free – snorts.
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