October 23, 24, 25, & 30 (rain date November 1)

This October, West Hartford Hauntings, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society’s spooky theatrical cemetery tours, will celebrate the museum’s 50th anniversary.

The lantern-lit tours will take place on Friday-Sunday, October 23-25 and Saturday, October 30 (rain date Sunday, November 1). Tours will leave every 15 minutes from 6-8:45 p.m. (Sunday 5-7:45). Guests will be escorted through the stones by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey.

This year’s stories include those of eleven year old Pearl Ogden, who accidently hit Benjamin Bishop while driving a horse-drawn wagon. Hauntings Director Sarah St. Germain said of the tale, “Bishop was a big man in town in the late 19th century. He was a member of the CT House of Representatives and the Town Assessor. The Courant printed that Mr. Bishop was ‘knocked down, the wheels going over him and bruising him severely’. You have to feel bad for this 11-year-old who was probably running errands for her family and hits this important man!”

Other stories include those of the Eusens, who were killed in a train accident in 1864 and Mr. and Mrs. Flannigan, ¬†who were also killed by trains in separate incidents. “Train accidents happened more often and could be much worse than they are today. Some of the newspaper descriptions are grisly,” said St. Germain.

The event takes place at the North Cemetery at 80 North Main Street in West Hartford.  Tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices are $9 for children 17 and under and $13 for adults. Due to some frightening content, it is suggested that participants be age 10 or over.

Tickets are available here or by calling (860) 521-5362 x21. An American Sign Language interpreter will be available for certain tours. Call or email comments@noahwebsterhouse.org for information.

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