Frontier Village at Loy Lake Park presented the ghostly history of the homes on the property Saturday. Frontier Village houses 12 of the oldest homes in Grayson County.
Along with the stories of the settlers who built the houses and how the houses ended up in Frontier Village, volunteers took park patrons on a night time tour of the houses Saturday evening.
“I take care of Sophia’s cabin and I know that she is there,” Frontier Village Museum Board President Linda Miller said. “There is a little dish of pearls on a cabinet in there. I like them to be kind of draped out so that is how I put them. She does not like that because after I drape them, I will leave and come back and all of them are back in the dish.”
Sophia, Miller said, was the lady Paul Revere of the Red River during the Civil War.
“This woman in December got up on a mule in long skirts and rode across the Red River to get word to Colonel Borland that Yankees that had been looking for them were locked in her wine cellar,” Miller said with a laugh. “She did not say how it happened, but it happened. The soldiers probably did not mind because she had fine wine.”
The house of M. Micajah Davis, who was an early commissioner in Grayson County, now rests in Frontier Village. One of his chains was used as the marker to signify the Grayson and Fannin County lines.
“He lived along a wooded area,” Miller said. “There were Indians not far from there.”
One day, Davis saw some people coming up near his land. He told his wife and his children to go and hide in the loft where the children slept. Davis locked them in.
“Micajah had gone and milked the cows that morning and his wife had used it to make butter,” Miller said. “Well, he took a gourd dipper and dipped it into the buttermilk crock. He gave each of the Indians a dipper of buttermilk until it ran out. The Indians declared them friends from that point on and made sure that no one bothered them.”
Miller said that may be one of the reasons why the Davis house at Frontier Village is so peaceful.
“It could be that or it could be because early Presbyterian church meetings were held in the Davis house,” she said. “It is a religious place so it is so calm when you enter it.”
Miller said that she is not the only one that has experienced the haunted happenings at Frontier Village.
“There is a mannequin with a night gown on it on the second floor of Bass House,” Miller said. “Well, it is supposed to be in the bedroom. Not long ago, it was moved to the top of the stairs. That was really weird because no one would admit to who did it. And I am not the only one who saw that.”
Natalie Bauman, a local author who writes about the histories of hauntings in this area, was on the porch of the Lankford house Saturday.
“Where the Lankford house used to sit, there is a wailing well,” Miller said. “They say that when you go up to it to get the water, the well will sing. The well is still on the old property, but the house is here.”
Miller said that when she feels ghostly presences at Frontier Village, it is generally when she is telling stories about the histories of the houses.
“It’s like they are approving of the stories that we are telling,” she said. “The want people to know about the houses, how they came to be here, and the history of North Texas.”