Mary and I got our first experience with haunted locations the very first time we traveled together, when I took her to Barnsley Gardens Resort in north Georgia for Valentine’s Day in 2009.
The ruins of 19th century cotton baron Godfrey Barnsley’s estate were undoubtedly eerie at night, as winds whispered in the trees around the English garden. But it wasn’t until we met on-site historian Clint Coker that we heard the haunted stories of the romantic resort’s tragic history.
Barnsley’s wife Julia died of consumption before construction was completed, but her ghost appeared to him in the gardens and told him to finish work on the manor for their six children. The resort staff won’t discuss it, but we’ve heard