The Noah Webster House and the West Hartford Historical Society will present theatrical lantern-lit tours from Friday-Sunday, October 23-25 and again on Saturday, October 30 (rain date Sunday, November 1) at West Hartford’s historic North Cemetery, 80 North Main Street. A ‘dearly-departed’ guide, whose own tale will be told during the course of the tour, will navigate visitors through the many stories of the cemetery’s stones.
Amongst the many anecdotes that visitors will hear is that of eleven-year-old Pearl Ogden, who during the late 19th-century, made waves in the town after she accidentally ran over an influential townsmen, Benjamin Bishop. According to program director Sarah St. Germain, “Bishop was a big man in town. He was a member of the CT House of Representatives and the Town Assessor. At the time, 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 hit this important man!”
Tours will leave every 15 minutes from 6-8:45 p.m. (Sunday 5:00-7:45)
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.