MILLEDGEVILLE — When coming aboard the Haunted Trolley Tour, riders expect to get excited and frightened by ghosts and tales of the deceased. Milledgeville native Linda Hewette didn’t anticipate having the love of her life pop the question in the middle of Memory Hill Cemetery.
“I knew he was going to ask, but not on Saturday,” Hewette said excitingly. “I was very excited and thrilled.”
Kenneth “Kentucky” Jones of Thomson said he had been planning to propose for a while, but was waiting to come up with a unique and special way to surprise Hewette.
“[Hewette’s] son was getting married Oct. 6, so I didn’t want to take away from their wedding; I wanted to wait until after their wedding. I was wracking my brain to come up with some way that would be a little different and more romantic than just walking up to her and asking her to marry me,” Jones said. “I know she had tickets for the Haunted Trolley Tour, but I didn’t know much about it.”
Jones got in contact with Linda Bailey, coordinator of the Milledgeville Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) annual tour, to figure out a way to incorporate his proposal into the script.
“I thought it was a really cool idea, but I told him that I needed to get in touch with the actors to see how it could be worked in,” Bailey said. “I called Ken Hendry, one of the actors with Milledgeville Players, and we decided to incorporate [the proposal] in the end of the tour.”
As part of the Haunted Trolley Tour’s ending scene, one of the ghosts of times past was allowed to move on to another world, but one living human being had to take their place.
“The ghost that was selected to move on came up to [Hewette] and took her hand and said she had to take their place,” Jones said. “I said, ‘no you can’t do that.’ The ghost looked at me and said, ‘why not? Are you her husband?’ I said, ‘no.’ Then I reached in my pocket and got out the ring box and asked her to marry me. She was so excited and shocked.”
The happily engaged couple is grateful to the local CVB for help in creating their special moment.
“I would like to compliment and praise them for their cooperation, enthusiasm and help for putting it all together,” Jones said.
“[Hewette] was definitely surprised. We were happy to be part of it; it was a lot of fun. Congratulations to both of them,” Bailey added. “That was the first time somebody proposed on the Haunted Trolley Tour. It was awesome that he chose to propose like that, and we were happy to accommodate and work it into the script.”
A wedding date has not been set yet, but the couple said they plan to tie the knot next year.
“[Hewette] is such a great person,” Jones said of his fiancé. “I feel very lucky and fortunate that our paths came together. We’re so compatible that it had to come from another power. I feel blessed that God crossed our paths.”
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