WEST HARTFORD — This October, West Hartford Hauntings, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society’s spooky, theatrical cemetery tour, returns for its 15th year. Join us for a lantern -lit tour of one of West Hartford’s oldest cemeteries. Along the way you will meet dearly departed residents of the town who have returned to enlighten you about the past.
In a perfect blend of real history and theater, the lives of past West Hartford residents are researched and recreated in West Hartford Hauntings. Your ghostly guide through the cemetery is Sister Mary Joseph, once a nurse at St. Mary’s Home for the Aged. In the cemetery you will meet other returning spirits including poor Hattie Nichols whose entire family contracted Scarlet Fever, Patrick and Ellen Broderick who survived the Irish potato famine only to be put in danger by the gas illuminating their home, Antonio Alfano who was killed accidentally (or was he murdered?) by a man in a milk truck, and others along the way.
“The museum is proud to have offered West Hartford Hauntings for 15 years,” says Jennifer Matos, Executive Director of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. “This tour is a great way to learn about the history of the region while also having a really fun time.”
This community production includes adults and students from area high schools and middle schools.
Due to some frightening content, it is suggested that participants be age 10 or over.
See you among the graves.
Tickets and information are available at www.noah
webster.yapsody.com. The lantern-lit tours take place on Fridays and Saturdays, October 18, 19, 25 & 26 at the Old North Cemetery, 80 North Main Street, West Hartford. Tours leave every 15 minutes from 6 to 8:45 p.m., and run for 45 minutes. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Discounted tickets are available for museum members and groups of 10 or more. An American Sign Language interpreter will be available for select tours.
The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is open daily from 1 to 4 p.m. For information on the museum’s extensive school and public programs, please visit www.noahwebster
house.org or call 860-521-5362.