On Thursday morning, Amanda Morris is shown leading Scott Hamilton’s 10th grade American history class as students learned about the legends and folklore of Marysville. The group is shown above at the Union County Historical Society, where the students received literature about the topics they learned about that day.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Jacob Runnels)
Have you ever heard of the tale of Noah Orr, local giant of Marysville in the 1800s? Or what about the Hamilton murder of 1867?
Ghosts, murders and creepy individuals comprise the Legends of Marysville, which involves local lore retold through a walk-and-talk tour around the city. On Thursday morning, Scott Hamilton, a history teacher at Marysville High School, and his 10th grade American history class went on a tour around town to learn about the lore of Marysville.
“I thought it’d be kind of neat for these guys to hear about these things where they grew up,” he said. “I heard about these stories when I was growing up here.”
Hamilton said he creates lesson plans and puts together field trips that tie in his students’ lives and the city’s history to incorporate personal and local references in their lessons. He said this was evident in his students’ latest project involving them tracing their family roots.
“We try to show a little relevance to American history… to the students’ lives today,” he said.
For an hour, Hamilton’s class traveled from the courthouse, to Main Street, then Fourth and Fifth streets and ending at the Historical Society building. The students were able to see modern buildings through another lens as they learned about creepy happenings and grisly deaths.
The students learned about the falling death of a woman at the Avalon Uptown Theatre, the old saloon in town that used to house KKK meetings, the life of local giant Noah Orr and the Hamilton murder rampage of 1867.
This is Hamilton’s first time taking his students on the Legends of Marysville tour. He said he found out about the tour this summer when he was talking to the tour coordinator, Amanda Morris, event manager for the City of Marysville.
Morris said she and Jason Stanford, Development Service Manger at the Union County Economic Development Partnership, started the tours in 2011 as a response to a lack of fall activities for the city being available. She said the tours have received a healthy following since then and is a “mixture of historical facts, legends, lore and ghost stories.”
“We spent a lot of time going through the historical society and the library records and digging up as much information as we could for the uptown area,” she said. “In that process, we heard from talking to people some of those tales, and when we started to find the fun in those,we thought it would be fun to blend the both of them.”
She said the tours are a way to educate residents on the history of the town by putting a fun spin on the tales.
“It’s not just being somewhat of the historical, which can be dry at some moments, but rather to play up some of the other neat items as well,” she said. “We try to be pretty honest with the people we’re touring with so they can have fun. We have some really cool facts.”
Tickets to attend the next series of tours for Oct. 20 and 21 are sold out. For more information about the tour, visit its website at www.visituptown.org/legends.
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