NEWS RELEASE: Legendary Haunted Huguenot Street Tours Return for Three Weeks Beginning October 14
NEW PALTZ, NY (September 30, 2016) – Historic Huguenot Street has announced dates for its signature Halloween event, Haunted Huguenot Street. This year will feature new tours inspired by the legends and history of Huguenot Street. Interpretations and special night-time tours will run on Friday and Saturday for three weeks: October 14 – 15, 21 – 22, and 28 – 29.
This year’s tours bring guests into four historic houses while exploring the history of oppression, particularly in the case of oppressed women in the 17th through 19th centuries. Guests will bear witness to the legendary true story of a tormented mother and an unorthodox macabre wedding ceremony, while also learning about sexist witch trials, kidnapped wives, mourning brides, and the curse of infertility.
“Every year we strive to top the previous year’s tours,” said Kara Gaffken, Director of Public Programming. “Huguenot Street has such a storied history that we can do this year after year. As always, these stories have roots in actual facts, fears, and events from the past.”
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. The entire street will be decorated, including a campfire, for an immersive Halloween experience.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as tours sell out quickly. Guests may register at huguenotstreet.org for $25. Without pre-registration, admission is $30 at the door.
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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