Learn the true story that inspired a famous folk song
Though the stories vary, the ending is concrete: Tom Dula (pronounced locally as Dooley), a Confederate soldier known to be a ladies’ man, was hanged for the murder of 18-year-old Laura Foster, a young woman he was involved with just before she died. The passed-down stories from the Wilkes County mystery reveal a love triangle and rumors of deceit, though what actually happened may never be known. A family member of one of Dula’s captors co-wrote the story into a folk song, which was made popular years later by The Kingston Trio. Tour the historical sites in the High Country to watch the legend come to life on stage and to experience pieces of the puzzle that led Dula to his fate.
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