“Haunted Kernersville”

“Too good to leave.” That’s how Kernersville Museum Executive Director and Author Kelly McGuire Hargett concluded the introduction to her newly published book, “Haunted Kernersville,” which she co-authored with Scott Icenhower.
Hargett said writing a book is something she has always wanted to do, recalling having told her mom her goal many years ago.
Hargett said she got the idea for the book from the Haunted Walking Tours the Kernersville Museum started as a fundraiser.
“We came up with the idea for the tours from Molly Smith, from the Chamber (of Commerce). She was on a ghost tour and called me and encouraged me to start one in downtown Kernersville. Then, I called Scott Icenhower and asked for his help,” she said.
While the town wasn’t incorporated until 1921, there had been people living in Kernersville when early Native Americans roamed the untouched land; therefore, there are stories in the book dating back past the time of incorporation.
“The stories in the book date back to the 1800s,” Hargett said, adding that each ghost story features a location in downtown Kernersville with a history about the location.
“Most of the ghost stories Scott got. He just went around and started talking to people, while I did the history of each of the places,” she said. “He did about 70 percent of the ghost stories.”
Hargett said she, herself, has experienced some paranormal activity as well, and had a paranormal group that came to the Morris House last year that saw and heard some paranormal activity.
Hargett said photographs in the book are from the Kernersville Museum’s historical archives. The book was published by Arcadia’s History Press.
Hargett began writing the book in the beginning of 2020, which she dedicated to her father, John William McGuire.
“I dedicated it to my dad because he made me fall in love with history, and because I regret not getting up and doing his eulogy during his funeral. It was just too soon,” she said.
About Kelly Hargett
Hargett is originally from Rutherford County, but moved to Kernersville in 2015. She and her husband, Jason, have been married for 19 years and have two daughters – Laney, a student at East Forsyth High School, and Kayson, who attends Kernersville Middle School.
Hargett began working with the Kernersville Museum, first as a volunteer, about six years ago. She then transitioned to the assistant executive director position before becoming the executive director four years ago.
About Scott Icenhower
Icenhower is the co-owner of Krossroads Playhouse, along with his wife, Katie Jo. Icenhower moved to Kernersville after retiring and is a published playwright and author.
“Haunted Kernersville” can be purchased at any online bookstore, including Amazon.com.
You can also purchase a signed copy this Saturday, August 28, during the “Mid Summer Night Scream” book signing, which will be held at the Kernersville Museum. During the event, meet the authors, enjoy a cash bar with Kernersville Brewing Company, and kids can enjoy a variety of activities. The event will be held from 7 – 9 p.m.
The Kernersville Museum is located at 127 West Mountain St. in downtown Kernersville.

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