PALESTINE — For the past several weeks, the Historic Anderson County Jail has been turned into a “Wonderland” that has brought in not only locals but tourists from around the East Texas area.
Today and Saturday will mark the final weekend of “Theatrical Tours with Alice and Wonderland” at the old jail. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
“We all enjoy watching the joy our performances bring to people! We see everything from little girls convinced the white rabbit is real and want to take him home, to families laughing when the Queen of Hearts loses her temper because her tarts are missing and they just might lose their heads!” event organizer Jeremy Janz joked.
Through the years, the story of “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” has enticed all ages — first through its 1865 novel by Lewis Carroll and then through various films, television shows and productions.
Now the theatric tour of “Alice in Wonderland” has brought the story of Alice, the rabbit hole and the fantasy world she discovers to life for residents and tourists to enjoy.
“People are having a great time. We're thankful for the positive local support we've received and how impressed out-of-town visitors are when they return from visiting with all the characters in Wonderland,” Janz said. “On our 'Haunted Little Jail' Facebook page we've received five-star reviews and awesome feedback like 'It's worth driving for!' Our visitors remind us how rare, unique and special these events are in a historic jail. It's a wonderful feeling to know people enjoy themselves so much they want to share with friends and family!”
For the tour, visitors get to see how the historic jail has been turned in to a “Wonderland” with the Madhatter Tea Party in the lobby area and a rabbit hole to explore with the white rabbit on the higher levels of the old jail.