West Hartford Hauntings Returns
Noah Webster House Sponsors Nighttime Cemetery Tours
This fall, West Hartford Hauntings was created in 2005 to offer a different perspective on West Hartford's past residents and has been a hit ever since. "We've sold out nearly every year- even 2011 when we had to cancel the last night due to snow," said the program's director, Sarah St. Germain.
Each year, different stories of West Hartford's past come to life. Stories like that of William Brandon, who was killed on the steps of the Congregational Church in 1909 . "He got in a fight with his brother-in-law and hit his head on the stone steps," says St. Germain. She found the story in the Hartford Courant, which followed the case for several days. About conducting research, she says, "There are hundreds of stories in West Hartford's past- sometimes you have to dig a little to find them, but it's always worth it!"
Guests meet a tour guide, also in character, at the gates of the North Cemetery and are led through, hearing the story of the guide's life.
The event takes place at the North Cemetery on North Main Street in West Hartford. There, tour goers will meet their guide, who will lead them through the cemetery by lantern-light.
Artwork by Courtney A. Martin
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