MOUNT VERNON — In the year of 1896, a crime would stir a whirlwind of fears in a small little community known as Pleasant Valley in southern Richland County. By the end of the day July 19 of that year, an entire family would mysteriously perish from this earth. All, that is, except the childish and socially awkward 23-year-old daughter, Celia “Ceely” Rose. It was a meticulous, yet gruesome deed and all the citizens of this peaceful community demanded justice. No one was certain, but they all knew that Celia Rose had a hand in the mystifying deaths.
On March 15, join veteran storyteller/playwright Mark S. Jordan as he shares the story and the facts he uncovered to tell the story of Malabar Farms’ own Lizzie Borden.
Celia Rose was born in 1873 in Ohio, to David A. Rose and his wife Rebecca. In 1896, Ceely fatally poisoned her father, mother, and brother Walter and was imprisoned at the Lima State Hospital until her death in 1934.
Jordan’s play, “Ceely,” based on his research comes to life every few years at Malabar Farm, and Jordan never tires of telling the story that rocked the Richland area in the late 1800s.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the Patsy Cline and Conway Twitty Chautauqua, originally scheduled in the March 15 slot has been moved to March 29 (the original slot for the Ceely Rose story).
Elixir, the Ohio Humanities Council and Ariel Foundation, welcome Mark S. Jordan March 15 at ThePlace@TheWoodward, 111 S. Main St. in downtown Mount Vernon at 7 p.m. The doors open at 6 p.m., the facility is a first-floor theater and accessible to people with special needs such as wheelchairs, walkers and baby carriages. The program is presented on a donation basis. For more information call 392-6102.
Published on March 12, 2012