NEWS RELEASE: Haunted Huguenot Street Expanded To Three Weeks Beginning October 16
NEW PALTZ, NY (September 18, 2015) – Historic Huguenot Street has announced the return of its signature Halloween event, Haunted Huguenot Street. This year will feature new tours inspired by the legends and history of Huguenot Street. Haunted Huguenot Street programming will run for three weekends, October 16 – 17, 23 – 24, and 30 – 31.
Interpretations and special night-time tours will span across the National Historic Landmark District. Guests will first be taken to the Jean Hasbrouck House where they will learn about the nightmares of a guilty young boy, based on true events as recorded in the 18th century diary of Abraham Hasbrouck. They will then proceed to the historic burial ground for an interpretation adapted from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology during which the dead will speak for themselves. Finally, inspired by decades of reported paranormal experiences, guests will visit the Deyo House mansion where a house maid is haunted by the ghost of the tragically demised Gertrude Deyo.
“Huguenot Street has a long, storied history,” said Thomas Weikel, Director of Strategy and Historic Interpretation. “These stories are not told for shock value. Rather, they have roots in actual facts, fears, and events from the street’s past. Sometimes, the truth can be scarier than fiction.”
Haunted Huguenot Street PG-rated tours will depart from the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street) hourly beginning at 5 pm, with the final tour leaving at 9 pm, on October 16, 17, 23, 24, and 30. On October 31, tours will depart from the DuBois Fort hourly beginning at 7 pm, with the final tour leaving at 10 pm. The entire street will be decorated, including a campfire, for an immersive Halloween experience.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as tours sell out quickly. Register at Members, seniors, military, and students $20 with online discount code HAUNTED (proof of eligibility required at the door). Non-members $25. Without pre-registration, $30 at the door.
Register at huguenotstreet.org/hauntedhuguenotstreet.
A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original 1678 New Paltz settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century. It was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve the nationally acclaimed collection of stone houses. Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today.
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