The Apalachicola Area Historical Societys annual Ghost Walk outdid itself Saturday night, as scores of visitors through Chestnut Cemetery helped bring in more then $1,500 for cemetery restoration.

Its the largest crowd weve ever had, said Delores Roux, one of the walks founders and current coordinator.

Together with her fellow organizer Susan Clementson, Roux helped lead tours together with Barbara Smith, Ella Bond, Delores Roux, Caty Greene and Donna McCoy.

A bakers dozen of deceased residents of the cemetery came to life as the sun set and the spirits rose.

At the front entrance, Fran Edwards, the societys treasurer, offered readings from her crystal ball as she sat dressed in a gypsys costume.

Portraying characters were:

         Eric Springer as the alleged outlaw John Cole Younger

         John Inzetta as Apalachicola engineer George Core,

         Melonie Inzetta as Philomena Allen, a milliner beset by an early tragedy, who wore black for the rest of her life as she devoted herself to the church.

         Annette Fagan as pioneering black hotelier Mary Fuller

         Jeff and Caroline Ilardi as Robert and Mary Louisa Knickmeyer, a Confederate soldier with a storied career and a huge family

         Terry Gunning, from Annapolis Md., as Victoria, wife of Dominic Catanetti, a boat pilot and head of the pilots association

         Katherine Anne Shimonis as Anna Buzzett Fry, her great-aunt, wife of Capt. Bill Fry

         Tiffany Tiffin and daughter Olivia Monod as Nellie Austin and Delores Taranto as a young girl

         Gene Smith as Alton Pierce, a boat captain with a colorful life

         Orman House Ranger Mike Kinnett as the entrepreneur J. E. Grady.