(Seguin) -- The inside of the Magnolia Hotel will open up to the public this weekend. Events including a free home tour is part of this year's Pecan Fest activities in Seguin.
Homeowner Erin Wallace says she is excited to welcome visitors and show off the many renovations that have taken place at the historic property which for a longtime time stood vacant and abandoned at 203 S. Crockett St.
Since the first day of renovation, Wallace and her husband have no doubt shared the historic home with the public. She says that's all due to the enormous amounts of history being uncovered at the home plus the paranormal activity that continues to be reported not only by the couple but also by various work crews who have been hired to help to restore the property. The local home has also managed to gain national attention having been featured on several well known ghost investigative TV shows.
Wallace says as an author and historian, she has definitely been able to balance this unique combination of history and the paranormal.
"I have to tell you I was really really nervous in the beginning because I'm a historian. As a historian, you really work hard to be respected in your field. When we discovered that it was haunted, I really worried about how the community was going to accept this. It is what it is and once we started speaking about it, we were noticing that it really draws a lot of interest. There are far more young people who are interested in ghosts than history. So if you can just bring them in for that appeal of the ghost, then they have to learn the history about these spirits that lived here before. They can understand why they stay here. So it's a great combination of bringing in the ghosts and the history," said Wallace.
Wallace says two separate events are being planned for this weekend's Pecan Fest. She says the first event is a Living History Tour. The event is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. She says visitors will get a closer look at the rich history of the home.
"We actually have an incredible event that we're having. It's a live theatrical event and these are going to be local actors. We're going to have them stationed room to room and these actors are going to be dressed in period costumes and they're going to be telling you about the owner that once lived here -- once owned it and the people who have visited. We have a wonderful actor playing Texas Ranger James Campbell. We have very prominent actors here in the community like Mary Jane Emmett Windle. We have little Emma who is a very important little girl if you know anything about the history of the Faust murder. We have a little girl who is actually wearing the exact same costume that she was wearing. We have Tanisha Sutton who is going to be playing Idella (Lampkin), she's the descendent of. These are their live theatrical performance of what it would have been like to live in this building," said Wallace.
Tickets for the Living Tour at the Magnolia are $20 per person and can be purchased at the door.
The second event will be a free Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.on Sunday. Wallace says the event is simply to give individuals the chance to tour the home and discover all the pieces of history that have been recovered during its remodel.
Other featured events at the Magnolia include psychic readings and a meeting with a reflexologist from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The reflexologist will introduce an alternative to medicine using pressure to the hands. Cost for a psychic reading will be $20 for 15 minutes and $10 for a meeting with the reflexologist.
Seguin's Pecan Fest runs Friday through Sunday. A list of various other events are being planned for the three day weekend. A complete schedule can be found at SeguinGoNuts.com.