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Mississippi Road Trip: Greenwood
Just 25 miles west of major artery Interstate 55, the city of Greenwood, Mississippi, offers an ...
Just 25 miles west of major artery Interstate 55, the city of Greenwood, Mississippi, offers an easily accessible, off-the-beaten-path escape. In the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the small city of Greenwood is home to a number of luxurious establishments, perfect for a relaxing weekend getaway. Here’s how to spend a weekend in Greenwood:
Check into The Alluvian Hotel
Step through the revolving doors into the sleek lobby and feel transported to a realm of chic ambiance reminiscent of major metropolitan cities. The Alluvian Hotel stays true to its Mississippi surroundings. The boutique hotel is named for the alluvial plain of the Mississippi Delta, a level land with extensive amounts of mineral-rich soil. The hotel also boasts an award-winning art collection by Mississippi artists. One of the best benefits of The Alluvian: the location. Downtown Greenwood offers dining and activity options all within walking distance, so there’s no need to crank your engine until departure time.
Dinner at Giardina’s
After you’ve checked into the Alluvian, check out its neighboring fine restaurant, Giardina’s. Founded in 1936 by Italian immigrant Joseph Giardina, the restaurant is one of the region’s oldest. Featuring steaks, seafood and Italian cuisine in an upscale setting, Giardina’s atmosphere is old-world elegant, but the dress is laid back “Delta casual.” Reservations are recommended.
Morning Yoga at Studio A
Start your day well by taking a class at The Alluvian’s in-house yoga studio. Experienced instructors will guide you through a series of postures designed to invigorate the body and calm the mind.
Cooking Class at Viking Cooking School
Located across the street from The Alluvian, the Viking Cooking School offers novice and experienced cooks a delicious experience. Choose from classes covering subjects such as ethnic cuisines, vegetarian, basic cooking and baking techniques and cocktail and dinner parties, all of which take place in a fully appointed Viking kitchen. Make sure to book a class well in advance. Classes are quite popular and sell out quickly.
Wine Tasting at Williams Landing Winery
Toast your new cooking skills at a wine tasting at Williams Landing Winery. A few blocks south of The Alluvian, The Winery at Williams Landing is a small batch artisanal winery, specializing in wines made from locally sourced fruits.
Dinner at Delta Bistropub
Cap off your epicurean day with dinner at Delta Bistropub. Only one block north of The Alluvian, Delta Bistropub features the cuisine of Robert Gillespie, who studied under James Beard-nominated chef and former Delta Bistropub co-owner Taylor Bowen Ricketts. Chef Gillespie’s modern Southern fare is presented in a contemporary interior tucked inside a beautifully restored historic building.
Driving Tour of “The Help” Filming Locations
Not ready to leave this charming Delta town just yet? On your way out, take the grand tour of Greenwood by driving around town to see the many locations used in Director Tate Taylor’s 2011 film adaptation of Mississippi author Kathryn Stockett’s novel The Help. Easily find Hilly Holbrook’s house, Skeeter Phelan’s farm and many others with this helpful Google Map.
Enter now for your chance to win a two-night stay at The Alluvian in Greenwood!
5 Stops in Jackson for Blues Marathon Runners
We are pleased to welcome visitors to Jackson for the annual Mississippi Blues Marathon on ...
We are pleased to welcome visitors to Jackson for the annual Mississippi Blues Marathon on Saturday, January 7th! The 2015 marathon welcomed more than 3,000 runners from all 50 states and seven countries. This year, the marathon celebrates its tenth anniversary!
Here are five attractions in the greater Jackson area that blues and fitness fans won't want to miss:
1. Mississippi Blues Trail
Throughout the state, you'll see historical markers that commemorate important people, places, and events in blues history. The front of the marker tells the story of the site's importance, and the back features more details and images. Visit the markers in Jackson and the Capital / River region, and download the Mississippi Blues Trail app to create your itinerary and get directions.
2. F. Jones Corner
Frank Jones Corner, known as F. Jones Corner, is a live music venue that serves up tasty deep south food and cold beer. Built as a filling station in 1923, the building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The friendly staff and variety of music -- including folk, jazz, blues, rock, and hip-hop -- attract regulars and visitors alike. You can hear live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights until 4 a.m.
3. Ridgeland Multi-Use Trail
The Natchez Trace is known for its beauty, but its automobile traffic can be a challenge for runners. To accommodate them -- as well as bicyclists, roller bladers, etc. -- the City of Ridgeland built the Multi-Use Path that parallels the parkway from Highland Colony Parkway (near milepost 101) to Harbor Drive (near milepost 103). Find more details and a map here.
4. Restaurants with Specials for Runners
You're sure to have a number of memorable meals in Jackson, given the selection of high-quality restaurants old and new. Whether you're in the mood for classic homestyle cooking, upscale Southern cuisine, or global flavors, you'll find what you're looking for. A number of area restaurants are offering deals and special menus for runners, and our Food Lover's Guide to Jackson will point you to plenty of local favorites.
5. Live Music
Listen to live Mississippi blues music all day Saturday and into the night. There will be music at the Start/Finish line, located at the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., at Pascagoula and Lamar streets). Listen to live music along the course, and celebrate the end of the race with a Blues Crawl. Each runner will receive a Blues Crawl wristband in the race packet, and non-runners can buy them at the Blues Expo and at the Start/Finish line. Take the Blues Trolley to ensure a fun and safe evening.
We hope that you enjoy your stay with us and come on back and see us soon!
Photo of F. Jones Corner by Tate Nations
Christmas Table Traditions
It’s no secret – in the South, we do things a little differently. The holidays are no ...
It’s no secret – in the South, we do things a little differently. The holidays are no exception. Below we’ve compiled a list of some Mississippi holiday foods we consider beloved traditions, while the rest of the world may think them unusual. We hope you’ll be inspired to think outside the box(ed potatoes), too!
Shrimp and grits
On Christmas Eve, many Gulf Coast Mississippians make shrimp and grits the main course. Traditionally, tender shrimp and spicy sausage are served over buttered grits, made from ground corn, topped with a savory, creamy sauce. Although not usually considered a “holiday” dish, this meal is quickly becoming a Southern Christmas tradition.
For quite a few Mississippi families under a Cajun influence, no Christmas Eve is complete without a big pot of gumbo. Made with chicken, sausage and/or seafood, gumbo warms up any holiday gathering.
This vintage recipe is making a reappearance around holiday tables across the South. Canned pear halves are filled with mayonnaise and freshly grated cheddar cheese. In some recipes, the completed pears are topped with a cherry.
Many Mississippi families dine on a spread of appetizers on Christmas Day, and pimiento cheese finger sandwiches are common fare. The simple spread is composed of grated cheddar cheese, mayo and jarred pimientos and typically spread onto white bread and cut into finger sandwiches or used as a dip for crackers. In Mississippi, pimiento cheese is considered a Southern classic.
A step above cornbread dressing on the fanciness scale, oyster dressing, or oyster casserole, is traditionally served only at Christmastime. Baked into a mixture of bread, cornbread, chopped veggies and stock, chopped oysters add a depth of flavor to the dish and an air of importance to holiday festivities. Try your hand at making oyster casserole with this family recipe.
For some Mississippi families, particularly those in the Delta, mince pie bridges the gap between dinner and dessert. Consisting of minced meat, suet, fruit and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg baked into a traditional pie crust, mince pie makes a delightful transition course with sweet and savory notes.
Lime sherbet punch
This holiday drink is made from only two ingredients – lime sherbet and ginger ale. The sherbet gives the sparkling soda a creamy, cold consistency, and the bright color is sure to liven up any party.
Christmas cookies are never in short supply in a Southern household. As a tasty addition to the traditional Christmas cookie assortment, some households make cookies using Orange Slice candies for a bit of nostalgic Southern flair. Many Southerners have fond childhood memories of eating orange slice candies around the holidays. This recipe for gumdrop cookies is sure to bring those memories to the surface.
Black eyed peas and greens
Nothing else will do on a Mississippi New Year’s Day. This tradition is said to bring good luck for the rest of the year. Black eyed peas are simply salted and simmered with bacon fat. Greens can be cooked a number of ways, but add a ham hock for authentic Mississippi flair.
3 Mississippi-Infused Holiday Cocktails
Mississippi is home to a growing number of distilleries and breweries crafting top-quality ...
Mississippi is home to a growing number of distilleries and breweries crafting top-quality libations. This holiday season, pour a taste of Mississippi in your glass with these cocktails and brews sure to liven up any holiday gathering.
Cathead Distillery’s Hot Toddy – Jackson, MS
Cathead became Mississippi’s first legal distillery in 2010. Still owners Austin Evans and Richard Patrick are known for their passion for fine spirits as well as blues music. The Cathead name is inspired by a term of endearment among blues musicians. As a sign of respect, blues musicians refer to one another as “cats.”
To support the heritage and rich culture of Mississippi, a percentage of Cathead’s sales assist Mississippi musicians and blues artists. So, boogie down to Farish Street, in the heart of downtown Jackson, and get a taste of Cathead by touring the facility on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m. Until then, pour some holiday cheer in your glass and concoct the perfect Cathead Hot Toddy for a Christmas celebration.
1 bottle (750ml) Cathead Vodka or Cathead Pecan Vodka
1 gallon Martinelli's Apple Cider
2 cinnamon sticks
2 cider tea packs
2 red apples, halved
2 pears, halved
Peel of 1 orange
Peel of 2 lemons
Honey - sweeten to taste
Combine all ingredients and warm to your desired temp (but don't bring to a boil.)
Charboneau Distillery’s Rum Milk Punch – Natchez, MS
Charboneau, the first legal rum distillery in Mississippi, is home to the No. 1 ranked rum made in America. Before establishing the business in Natchez, Douglas and Regina Charboneau toured distilleries around the world in search of the perfect distillery style. Today, Doug and his son Jean-Luc focus on creating unique products reflecting their passion for travel and hand crafted food and liquor. King’s Tavern restaurant, which is connected to the distillery, is also owned by the Charboneau family with Regina serving as the head chef.
For an exciting weekend road trip, drive over to Natchez and take a mixology class at King’s Tavern and tour the distillery on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. In the meantime, keep yourself warm with Charboneau’s decadent Rum Milk Punch recipe this winter while you string the lights.
Rum Milk Punch
1½ ounces Charboneau White Rum
2 ounces milk
⅛ ounce vanilla extract
½ ounce simple syrup
Garnish with a light dusting of nutmeg and chocolate.
Lazy Magnolia Brewery’s Freeze Warning – Kiln, MS
Lazy Magnolia, founded in September 2003, is the state’s oldest packaging brewery. What started as a couple’s hobby is now a thriving business with products sold in 17 states. Mark and Leslie Henderson continue to bottle a taste of the South and serve it with a side of, “Cheers, ya’ll!” Check out where the creative crafting happens by touring the facility on Thursday and Friday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m. The current seasonal favorite is Freeze Warning. Pair the brew with a hot bowl of chili or stew for one “ale” of a winter night!
This beer was created to compliment cold winter nights and below freezing temperatures. Freeze Warning combines the flavors of fig, plum, raisin and dark malts with a warm finish.
Mississippi's 2017 GRAMMY Nominations
Mississippi is well represented among the nominations for the 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, ...
Mississippi is well represented among the nominations for the 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, which will take place on Feb. 12, 2017, broadcast live by CBS at 8/7 centeral.
The 2017 GRAMMY nominees with Mississippi ties:
Traditional Blues Album
Traditional Blues Album
Traditional Blues Album
Discover more of Mississippi's contributions to the Recording Academy at the first ever-satellite GRAMMY Museum, which opened this year on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. Similar to its sister Museum — the GRAMMY® Museum at L.A. LIVE — the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music while casting a spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi.
Mississippi is the only GRAMMY Museum located outside of L.A.
The Museum features a dynamic combination of public events, educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a Mississippi-centric display introducing visitors to the impact of Mississippi's songwriters, producers and musicians on the traditional and modern music landscape.
Discover more of Missisippi's music history and today's live music at http://www.visitmississippi.org/americana/
Mississippi Road Trip: Tunica
Any visit to Tunica, Mississippi, will likely become a Highway 61 road trip. Known as the ...
Any visit to Tunica, Mississippi, will likely become a Highway 61 road trip. Known as the “blues highway,” this strip of asphalt winding through the Mississippi Delta has inspired numerous musicians and may stoke your creative fires too. Here’s how we would spend a day in Tunica:
Blue & White Restaurant
Start your day right with the Blue & White for breakfast and coffee. Originally a Pure Oil filling station, the Blue & White Restaurant has been serving up down-home cooking since 1924. A local favorite, breakfast is served all day and is located right off Highway 61.
Gateway to the Blues Museum
Drive North on Highway 61 to see where the Blues began. The Gateway to the Blues Visitors Center and Museum is a must-see attraction for all music lovers and tells the remarkable story of how the Blues was born and the role Tunica played in building the genre’s legacy.
Grab lunch and sample deep fried pickles from the establishment claiming to have invented them – the Hollywood Café. Featured on an episode of “Deep Fried Paradise,” the local eatery’s fried pickles are not to be missed. This restaurant was also immortalized in Marc Cohn’s hit song “Walking in Memphis” for the café’s soulful, live music.
Tunica RiverPark & Museum
Head west to explore the rich history of the Mississippi Delta and America’s most storied river. Since reopening in 2012, the Mississippi River Museum inside RiverPark offers multiple interactive attractions and seasonal exhibits featuring Delta culture. Walk the RiverPark’s nature trails and snap photos of the beautiful Mississippi River from prime vantage points at the park.
Cap off your day by trying your luck at one or more of Tunica Resort’s many casinos near the Mississippi River. With plenty of gaming, dining and nightlife options, you’re sure to find an enticing experience. At 31 stories tall, the Gold Strike Casino sets the standard for gaming in Tunica with more than 1,400 slot machines, plus live music, an 800-seat theater and an on-site spa. Whenever you decide to call it a night, relax in one of the Gold Strike Tunica’s 1,100 luxury hotel rooms.
Christmas Tree Cheer
The arrival of cool crisp air signals the beginnings of the holiday season in Mississippi. When ...
The arrival of cool crisp air signals the beginnings of the holiday season in Mississippi. When December approaches, one of life’s pleasures is seeing twinkling holiday décor and walking into a home filled with the scent of freshly cut pine.
If you are looking to buy a tree this year, try visiting one of the state’s local Christmas tree farms. Walking through a maze of trees while sipping hot chocolate is sure to put even the grumpiest Grinch in the holiday spirit.
Here are some locally owned farms from across the state open for families to choose and cut the ideal Christmas tree and create a lifetime of memories.
Christmas Memories Tree Farm – Magnolia
Located off I-55 between Fernwood and Magnolia, Christmas Memories Tree Farm is a place where families have created memories and traditions for more than 25 years. Begin your Christmas excursion by entering on Santa Drive, where staffers greet visitors as they enter the farm. Visitors will find the perfect tree walking amongst the fields of naturally grown Leyland Cypress trees located on gently rolling hills surrounded by natural wooded areas.
Timberhill Christmas Tree Farm – Chatawa
Excursions to Timberhill Christmas Tree Farm provide families with a festive holiday experience. Christmas music plays in the background as visitors peruse the fields of beautiful Christmas trees located on this farm located in Chatawa, Miss.
Gartman’s Tree Farm – Saucier
This tree farm located in Saucier, Miss., has supplied Christmas memories for Coastal families for years. Leave the plastic tree in the box and get your perfect, eco-friendly tree at this Harrison County farm.
Thomley’s Christmas Tree Farm – Hattiesburg
Thomley's Christmas Tree Farm & Gift Shop has been a part of the Oak Grove community for nearly five decades. Three types of trees are grown at this Hattiesburg farm – Leyland Cypress, Virginia Pine and Carolina Sapphire. Thomley’s also flocks trees, giving them a true winter wonderland look.
In the Trees – Shaw
Set in the agriculture-heavy Delta region of the state, this farm grows a more festive crop than others in the area. Chop down a Leyland Cypress or Virginia Pine tree with a saw provided by the farm and then purchase a wreath or garland.
Cedar Hill Farm – Hernando
The search to find the ideal Christmas tree on Cedar Hill Farm begins by taking a hayride out to the back forty. Varieties on this farm include Leyland Cypress, Murray X, Fraser Fir and Blue Ice trees.
Pine Mountain Tree Farm – Corinth
Pine Mountain Tree Farm is located in Alcorn County just 10 miles west of Corinth, Miss., where the foothills of the Appalachians meet the flat lands of the Delta. With hundreds of fresh trees ready to cut, your family will have a picturesque time searching this farm for the perfect Christmas tree. Pine Mountain also has horses and chickens for kids to feed and pet.
Lazy Acres - Chunky
Located a few miles north of the small town of Chunky, Miss., Lazy Acres is home to a tree plantation and pumpkin patch. The second-generation farm has been creating precious holiday memories for families since 1980.
Worthey Tree Farm – Amory
Thirty miles south of Tupelo lies Worthey Tree Farm, a cut-and-choose Christmas tree farm. Visitors can ride in one of the farm’s sleighs or trains out to the fields of available Christmas trees. The farm also offers children the chance to pet and feed miniature horses, while adults browse additional Christmas decorations in the gift shop.
Thanksgiving Table Traditions
When Mississippians gather ‘round the table, you can expect an incredible meal. When the ...
When Mississippians gather ‘round the table, you can expect an incredible meal. When the table happens to be set for Thanksgiving, expect an unforgettable feast. Here’s a few of our favorite Turkey Day dishes filled with Mississippi flare:
1. Cornbread dressing
Unless you are prepared for a heated debate or lengthy lecture, don’t dare mistake the cornbread dressing as its Northern counterpart, stuffing. Made with baked, stale and crumbled cornbread, dressing is served alongside the Thanksgiving turkey and is decidedly different from stuffing, which is made from diced, stale bread and stuffed into the turkey. No Southern Thanksgiving meal is complete without cornbread dressing.
2. Fried Turkey
Mississippi cooks save prized oven space and enjoy a deliciously moist turkey by frying their poultry whole. In what is often a communal event the morning of the holiday, family and friends gather outdoors to dunk turkeys into a vat of bubbling oil. Turkeys for multiple gatherings can be fried one after the other using the same oil, making for an economical excuse to spend Thanksgiving morning with loved ones.
3. Pecan pie
With trees found in backyards across the South, pecans are easy to come by and pair well with sweet corn syrup, butter, vanilla and eggs. Served warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, this classic dessert is part of nearly every Mississippi Thanksgiving spread.
Home to the “Sweet Potato Capital of the World” in Vardaman, Mississippi, sweet potato pie is a much loved part of Mississippi feasts. Resembling pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie balances the sweet and savory flavors of the root vegetable. Check out this recipe from Mississippi farmer’s daughter April McGreger.
Hunting is a favorite pastime for many Mississippi families, and what better day to enjoy the spoils of the hunt than Thanksgiving. Tender deer meat or deer sausage is typically grilled as a side dish or as an appetizer like this recipe for deer medallions wrapped in bacon.
Family, fellowship and food may come first on Thanksgiving Day, but a close second is football. The Egg Bowl, an annual showdown between Mississippi State University and Ole Miss, always takes place over the Thanksgiving holiday. Numerous MSU Bulldog fans gear up for the game by serving Mississippi State cheese, made at the University in Starkville, as an appetizer on Turkey Day.
7. Toasted pecans
“Leave no pecan behind,” is the mantra of quite a few Mississippi chefs. Pecans leftover from pecan pie preparation are toasted with butter and spices and served as a crowd-pleasing appetizer for the feast.
8 Haunted Places in Mississippi
Mississippians are born storytellers, and ghost stories are no exception. Scary legends, eerie ...
Mississippians are born storytellers, and ghost stories are no exception. Scary legends, eerie occurrences and mysterious reports of the supernatural haunt our state. We’ve gathered a few of Mississippi’s scariest places to gear up for the spookiest time of the year, but these are just a few. You can find local accounts of the paranormal in nearly every corner of Mississippi.
1. King’s Tavern, Natchez
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Featured on an episode of Ghost Adventures, King’s Tavern in Natchez is well known as the city’s oldest standing building. According to local legend, workers were performing a renovation on the tavern’s fireplace in the 1930s when they discovered a space behind the wall holding the remains of three bodies. One of the bodies was said to have been the mistress of the tavern’s original owner. Guests report seeing images in the tavern’s mirrors and hearing a crying baby in the restaurant. The tavern and inn are still operating today.
2. McRaven, Vicksburg
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Known as “Mississippi’s Most Haunted House,” the grounds of McRaven Tour Home served as a Confederate campsite and field hospital. At least five people have died in McRaven. The remains of eleven, likely confederate soldiers, are buried on the property. Mary Elizabeth Howard, who died during childbirth in the upstairs middle bedroom in 1836, is said to be the most active spirit in the house. Her apparition has reportedly appeared to numerous witnesses. Other former occupants who have made posthumous appearances are John Bobb, murdered by Union soldiers near McRaven in 1864 and William Murray, who died in the home in 1911.
3. Mont Helena, Rolling Fork
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Mont Helena, a colonial revival home in Rolling Fork, has a long-running reputation as haunted. Built as the retirement home for Helen and George Harris in 1896, the home sits atop a ceremonial Indian mound in the Delta region. During its early years, Mont Helena was one of the premier homes of the Delta. Locals recount sightings of a lady dressed in a white gown looking out of windows or standing in the front yard. The property has been investigated by the Mississippi Paranormal Society, with recorded electronic voice phenomena captured, shadowed figures observed and orbs seen in photos.
4. Rowan Oak, Oxford
Home of esteemed writer William Faulkner, Rowan Oak is one of Mississippi’s top literary attractions. The Greek revival style home was built in the mid-1800s and has been preserved as Faulkner left it. Legend has it Judith Sheegog, the only daughter of the home’s original owner who fell to her death from a bedroom balcony, haunts the property. However, many locals believe Faulkner himself crafted the tale of Judith Sheegog. Faulkner’s own spirit is said to roam the halls as well and has been seen writing on the wall in his office.
5. Waynesboro Shubuta Road a.k.a. Devil Worshiper Road, Waynesboro
Many local stories surround the history of this road in Waynesboro. Paranormal experiences have been said to occur along its entire length. Some believe the haunting is a result of occult sacrifices, which allegedly took place in the area. Other tales involve the legend of Goat Man, a farmer who sold his soul to the devil and was transformed into a demonic creature. Reports of car engines suddenly dying, the appearance of shadowy figures, cars violently shaking and mysterious handprints appearing on windows have been made near the road.
6. Stuckey’s Bridge, Enterprise
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As legend has it, a left-behind member of the infamous Dalton gang, a man by the name of Stuckey, frequently robbed and murdered travelers in the southwestern corner of Lauderdale County. In 1850, Stuckey was finally caught and hanged from the bridge. Visitors to the area have reported seeing the ghost of Stuckey roaming the riverbank with a lantern in hand. Others have reported seeing his apparition hanging from the bridge.
7. Vicksburg Military Park, Vicksburg
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Vicksburg National Military Park may still play host to the soldiers of the past. Visitors have reported hearing sounds of battle, cannon fire, horses, orders issued and screams of the wounded over the empty fields. Ghosts of troops have been spotted along the tree line or walking the grounds. There are even reports of the smell of smoke and gunpowder.
8. Friendship Cemetery, Columbus
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Established in 1849, Friendship Cemetery is the final resting place of local citizens and soldiers who fell at the Civil War Battle of Shiloh in 1862. A Confederate soldier is said to still walk through the military section of the cemetery. Visitors to the cemetery are also attracted to the weeping angel standing over the grave of the Reverend Thomas Teasdale. Grasp the angel’s hand; some have remarked it feels lifelike.