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Friends and phantoms featured at Petersham Ghost Walk Oct. 21

  • Captain John Mudge of Company F,  53rd Regiment in the Civil War, will be among the famed ghosts of Petersham’s past to haunt the town during the Ghost Walk on Oct. 21.

Published: 10/10/2018 9:38:42 PM
Modified: 10/10/2018 9:38:53 PM

PETERSHAM — The Petersham Historical Society will be haunting the town during their Ghost Walk on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 3-5 p.m., in Center Cemetery, adjacent to the Petersham Town Hall. The Ghost Walk will be "haunted" by personalities from Petersham's past. Learn more about Petersham's history as the ghostly guests greet their visitors.

Petersham’s Historic Ghost Walk will allow attendees to step back in time and meet neighbors (deceased) from the past, played by actors from the local community. Each ghost will tell his or her own story and let you know what life was like when they walked the Hilltop Town.

Some of the phantom inhabitants will be Dr. Flint, the much loved town doctor who died in the Spotted Fever epidemic of 1814, and Demaris Wilder, whose gravestone from 1749 is the oldest in the Village Cemetery. James and Martha Brooks, conservationists and owners of the Nichewaug Inn will appear, as well as the famed naturalists, Lewis and Corrinne Babbitt.

Captain Wing Spooner, Revolutionary soldier and farmer, will join Kenelm and Elizabeth Winslow, whose tavern was one of the first  in town. Captain John Mudge of Company F, 53rd Regiment in the Civil War, who helped establish the Memorial Library to honor veterans and his wife, Eliza, will be on hand, along with Fannie Prince, town librarian, and Jared Weed, lawyer and legislator. Emily Lincoln Goddard, a schoolteacher in Dana, will make the journey from the Quabbin Park Cemetery in Ware to join her old friends and relatives in Center Cemetery.

Refreshments will be available in the newly refurbished Hearse House in the Center Cemetery. There is no charge for this event and everyone is invited to join in the fun to meet friends and phantoms. This program is sponsored by the Petersham Historical Society and the Petersham Cemetery Commission with thanks to the Petersham Cultural Council. Rain date is Saturday, Oct. 27.

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