The Vinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau has teamed up with the also-local Moonville Rail Trail Association to put on the Midnight at Moonville Halloween-themed festival for the fourth year in a row. It will be held on Saturday 12 Oct. 2019 at the supposedly-haunted Moonville Rail Tunnel near Lake Hope State Park.
The festival will feature regional crafts people, local food vendors, presentations by historians, dramatic performances by storytellers, spooky wagon rides to the Moonville Cemetery, demonstrations of paranormal investigation methods and more.
There will also be scheduled performance by local musicians such as Todd Martin, Ben Davis Jr., Lincoln Mash, Steve Zarate and more.
Moonville itself self is now a ghost town and one of the very few standing Moonville structures is the rail tunnel. In 1856 the only way to Moonville was via the rail route. The narrow tunnel was extremely dangerous for pedestrians and many accidents occurred in and around the tunnel over the years—this is why some believe the tunnel to be haunted.
During the festival patrons will learn about the history of the area as well as the chilling legends that cropped up due to the dangerous rail tunnel. This is a rare chance to learn about the abandoned town of Moonville from an impressive panel of historians and storytellers.
Are you brave enough to stay until sunrise?