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West Hartford Hauntings: Real History, Scary Setting

Courtesy Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will once again hold ‘haunted’ tours of the Old North Cemetery.

Courtesy Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society


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 this year 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 noahwebster.yapsody.com. The lantern-lit tours take place on Fridays and Saturdays, October 18, 19, 25, and 26 at the Old North Cemetery, 80 North Main St., West Hartford, CT. Tours leave every 15 minutes from 6-8:45 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 museum would like to thank Reid & Reige, P.C. for sponsoring West Hartford Hauntings. Additional thanks to the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for their continued support.

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is a cultural destination where citizens can learn to understand and appreciate the past. The museum preserves the birthplace of Noah Webster, the founding father, educator, author and lexicographer who taught generations of Americans what it means to be American. This National Historic Landmark is also a repository for West Hartford’s history, the community that molded Noah Webster’s future, and is still thriving over 250 years later. The historic house and exhibit spaces are open daily from 1-4 p.m. For information on the museum’s extensive school and public programs, please visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org or call 860-521-5362.

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