Many Legends After Dark Hosts Haunted Hayride

LEIGHTON – Nobody knows how many ghosts are said to be walking LaGrange Mountain today. However, it is said that Peter McKinney is easily recognized.  

He’s the shoemaker of definite Irish descent, wearing flashy clothes and forever searching for his partner, a man by the name of Mourland.  Tradition says the two fought and Mourland crushed McKinney’s skull with a shoemaker’s tool, leaving him dead on the shop floor.”

Indeed, long before Alabama became a state, LaGrange Mountain in Colbert County had been said to be haunted.  

The LaGrange Living Historical Association has discouraged folks from coming to the Park over the years and especially to the historic LaGrange Cemetery, because of previous vandalism to the old tombstones. The Association has guarded the site continuously in the past. However, in October 2018 a decision was made to have a controlled event 

for the young people and for the “young at heart.” So the HAUNTED HAYRIDES came alive during weekends in October.   Strict rules were given to those who dared to travel the frightening journey up the mountain from the old Tabernacle grounds. Large crowds, consisting mostly of families stood in lines for hours to see for themselves if the legends were true.   It was a successful event and people have expressed excitement about attending the Hayride this year. 

The HAUNTED HAYRIDES begin each Friday and Saturday in October at dusk and are navigating those haunted hills until 11pm.  

Because of this year’s pandemic, all ghost-hunters arriving at the Old Tabernacle will be following  CDC Covid-19 guidelines.  An insane nurse will check your temperature when you enter the event. Your mask must be worn at all times, especially while you are screaming at the Monsters running from the woods to scare you.   The Haunted venues and actors have greatly increased for this year’s scariest event. 

Admission is $5 per person.  Those 6 and under are free with a paid adult.  Come out to see how haunted the mountain really is, if you dare!!!

Masks are required 

Proceeds from the Event benefit the operations of the park and cemetery grounds at the historic LaGrange College Site, 1491 LaGrange College Road in Leighton .  The site is located off Alabama Highway 157 in east Colbert County.  Follow historic road markers.