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Annual Events

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Ghosts & Gravestones of Grove Street Cemetery

Ghosts & Gravestones of Grove Street Cemetery is an annual historical tour presented each year during the Halloween season in Danville, VA.  These historical walking tours take guests on a tour of the historic Sutherlin Mansion followed by a walk through the Grove Street Cemetery.  The earliest surviving marked grave dates back to 1833 and the tour features monologues presented by costumed actors portraying many of the city’s founders and important historical figures.  The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History began tours in 2001 with just a few people and since that time this event has grown into a full production.  In 2018 the museum began a partnership with Smokestack Theatre Company, a non-profit theatre company, to present Ghosts & Gravestones as part of their season.  The tours are presented by a cast of about twenty volunteer actors from as young as 9 years old.  Smokestack holds open auditions every fall and finds this event is the perfect opportunity for beginning actors to enhance their craft.  The rehearsal process involves theatre classes and multiple Directors are brought in each week to work with the cast.  From pre-production to final performances there are more than forty volunteers responsible for these productions each year.  These historical ghost tours are presented near the end of October each year for three evenings.  For more information visit or