Once, a very long time ago, it was a winter tradition to gather around a fire and tell ghost stories. Winter, being as cold as a tomb, is the perfect setting for a creepy tale and many winter nights were spent in this occupation. The chill and the gloom seemed to bring the spirits to life, right before the fire place. During the Victorian Era, this tradition of winter tales became a tradition to share Christmas ghost stories. Yet, we have lost this storied tradition, much to our vexation. After all, Charles Dickens’s masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, would be nothing without the spirits of Christmas’s past, present, and future. We decided to “resurrect” our past holiday traditions and share a creepy winter tale of our own. Settle by the fire with your chestnuts, dearies. You’ll want to stay close to the light for this one.
There is a quiet, sedate thoroughfare very close to Covington’s famous square. Elm Street is so unassuming that most people pass by it with very little thought. The buildings aren’t particularly impressive or historic, but look again. Or, rather, smell again. You might detect an odor that is anything but unassuming. An overpowering, flowery scent hangs above Elm Street, alerting you to the presence of a ghost. Don’t panic! The specter is more Casper than cold-blooded. Her story comes from the owners of the Church Street Antique Market, who tell the tale of the unknown apparition. They say they’ve seen flashes of a young girl hovering through their store. As quickly as she flits through the antiques with grace and ease, she would suddenly vanish, leaving behind her distinctive perfume. No one could find any trace of the young lady, not even a whisper. Nothing, but the smell of flowers. The owners even say that visitors to the Church Street Market would ask what scent they used in their store, because it was so distinctive and unique. Eau de phantom, perhaps?
The young girl hasn’t let death dampen her spirits, either. When she isn’t floating past the antiques, she’s hitching a ride to your house! One recent visitor to the Church Street Market told us that, as he was leaving the store, he saw a strange flash of light. The man ignored it and began the drive home. Suddenly, he noticed his car reeked of flowers. The perfume was so overpowering that he had to roll down his windows, just to breathe. Then, glancing into his rearview mirror, he saw the outline of a young girl calmly sitting amongst his newly-purchased curio cabinets. She was completely in shadow, as if a light was shining brightly behind her, dimming all of her distinctive features. The visitor’s car screeched to a halt as, slamming on the brakes, the man turned to look into his back seat. He found…no one. Nothing but his curio cabinets. And, the unbelievable odor was gone. Vanished, just like our girl ghost.
Unfortunately, after ten years, the Church Street Antique Market was closed in March of 2015. No one is sure if the friendly female stayed around Elm St. after the Market’s final sales, but one thing is certain. You’ll never assume anything about this street again. Think that delicious smell in the air is Christmas cookies? Think again. You may be in the presence of a girly ghost who’s lost her way, after her haunt was closed for business. Be warned and be careful. She might just follow you home.
Has our winter tale scared you away? Or, do you want to discover the true mystery of the Ghost Girl of Elm Street for yourself? You can visit this site as well as our many other ghostly haunts when you visit Covington, Georgia. You can book a comfortable hotel room with just a click and then head out to explore our local history and maybe see a few spirits for yourself. You can also take part in our Christmas on the Square, a winter wonderland filled with holiday activities to fill your weekend with joy. Come see where the ghosts play and come back from Covington with a few Christmas ghost stories of your very own!