October 21, 22, 28, & 29 (rain dates October 23 & 30)
This October, West Hartford Hauntings, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society’s spooky, theatrical cemetery tour, returns for its 12th year. Join us to experience history as you’ve never heard it before.
The lantern-lit tours take place on Fridays and Saturdays, October 21, 22, 28 & 29 (rain dates Sundays, October 23 and 30) at the North Cemetery at 80 North Main Street, West Hartford, Connecticut. Tours leave every 15 minutes from 6-8:45 p.m and run 45 minutes. Guests are escorted through the stones by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey.
In a perfect blend of real history and theater, the lives of past West Hartford residents are researched and recreated to inform the audience about our predecessors. Director Suzanne Sayers, who has led the production for the last 8 years, is especially excited for this year’s performance. Said Sayers, “Our cast of about 25 actors are working hard to bring to life the real stories of those who lived and died many years ago in West Hartford. Some died tragically and some lost their lives much too early.”
Guides this year are Rebecca and Nathaniel Greensmith, convicted witches hung in Hartford in 1663. Audience members will hear pieces of their story throughout the tour. Other stories include that of a 19 year old run-away apprentice, a French soldier who fought in the American Revolution, and a mother who lost three sons in the Civil War.
This community production includes local volunteer actors and students from Conard and Hall High Schools, and King Philip and Sedgwick Middle Schools. “We are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers for this production,” Executive Director Jennifer Matos said. “The cast has been rehearsing twice a week, in the cemetery at night. They are absolutely committed to putting on a good show.”
West Hartford Hauntings is supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets and information are available at noahwebster.yapsody.com. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Discount tickets are available for museum members and Let’s GO Arts cardholders. An American Sign Language interpreter will be available for select tours.
Due to some frightening content, it is suggested that participants be age 10 or over.
We hope to see you among the graves.