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West Hartford Hauntings Rises Again

Noah Webster House Sponsors Lantern-lit Cemetery Tours

Contact: Sarah M. St. Germain
Phone: (860) 521-5362 ext 21

This fall, West Hartford Hauntings will return for its eighth year of exciting and frightening cemetery tours. The event offers lantern-lit theatrical, nighttime tours of the Town’s North Cemetery. The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will stage the event on the nights of October 20, 26, 27, & 28. Tours begin every fifteen minutes from 6-8:45 p.m. (Sunday tours 5-7:45 p.m.).

The program 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!”

The event takes place at the North Cemetery on North Main Street in West Hartford. Guests will meet a tour guide, also in character, at the gates of the cemetery. The guide will tell their story as they lead the tour by lantern-light.

Tickets for the 2012 West Hartford Hauntings 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. Tickeys are available through the museum at or by calling (860) 521-5362 x 21. An American Sign Language interpreter will be available for certain tours. Call or email for information.

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is located in the restored birthplace and childhood home of Noah Webster, a national figure known not only for the first American dictionary and the Blue-Backed Speller, but also for being a federalist, an abolitionist and a cofounder of Amherst College. The museum engages citizens by preserving and sharing history, promoting literacy and advocating greater cultural understanding. The historic house and exhibit spaces are open 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. For information on the museum’s extensive school and public programs, please visit us at or call (860) 521-5362.

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